11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/9/2016
Observer Name: 
Jeff Arbon
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
La Sal Pass/Dark Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Weather Comments: 
Light, intermittent, snowfall above 9000' throughout the day.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Deep powder.
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
9500
Slope Angle: 
12
Comments: 
Rode snowmobiles on the east side of the La Sals, Dark Canyon and La Sal Pass. Snowmobiles would get stuck if you stopped facing uphill and required route planning to stay on top of the snowpack. Dug a pit: 9500'; northeast facing; 12 degree slope; approximately 44" deep; only significant weak layer at approx. 18"; bottom 6" was sugar/faceted. Could not get the weak layer to shear in our column, the column failed from the weak 6" layer at the ground surface.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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