11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/17/2016
Observer Name: 
Brett Kobernik - Lara Kendall
Location Name or Route: 
Skyine Summit, Miller Flat, Electric Lake areas
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Wind was moderate to strong in the morning, decreasing as the day went on. Clouds continued to clear afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
5"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

The north end of the Skyline got a nice shot of snow Saturday night.  It was a bit higher density than Friday's new snow.  This coupled with the wind made the snow feel slightly "upside down".  Lots of wind damage along the higher elevations.  The mid elevations also got stirred up and you'll find scalloped and wind crusted surfaces in the open areas.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Upper elevation more east facing steep slopes should be avoided until the newly drifted snow has some time to adjust and stablize.  The drifts seemed stubborn so you might not see any signs of instability until you get onto one of these drifts only to have it crack out.  It looks like the wind will shift more to the southwest on Monday and it looks like it will be a bit gusty as the next storm approaches.

Comments: 

Below is photo of a cornice that broke off naturally during the wind loading.  This is the type of slope you'll want to avoid again on Monday.

Video: 

Most terrain has a MODERATE avalanche danger but there are areas with a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger on the higher more east facing steep slopes.

Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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