11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/22/2016
Observer Name: 
Brett Kobernik
Location Name or Route: 
Miller Flat and South then north toward Electric Lake
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Weather Comments: 
Nice warm spring-like day.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Upper elevations are variable from the wind with crusts and stout drifts.  Very nice riding conditions remain in the mid elevations.   Just as things were really starting to heat up late morning, enough thin clouds moved in to keep the snow from becoming too damp.  You will find melt freeze crusts on a number of the sunnier aspects.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

For this weekend, the biggest threat will be in areas where the recent wind has deposited snow and formed fresh drifts.  East facing aspects are the most likely spots to trigger something.  The more shallow locations and a recent wind load are even more suspect.  The recent wind slabs are becoming more stubborn so this may give you a false sense of security in that you might not see any cracking or avalanches until you trigger one.

Comments: 

When weak sugary faceted snow is producing avalanches, all you can do is give it time to settle.  Keep your slope angles under 35 degrees in steepness and avoid obviously wind drifted terrain.

Video: 

Below is an example of a wind loaded slope which is likely to avalanche.

Tricky to nail down the overall avalanche danger.  Out of wind affected terrain, the danger is LOW to MODERATE.  Wind loaded slopes are definitely suspect still and deserve a CONSIDERABLE danger.

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