Observation: Horse Hollow

Observation Date
01/26/2016
Observer Name
Toddeo

Region:

Location Name or Route
Pavants - Chalk Creek/Horse Hollow Divide
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Calm afternoon
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

Skied from 5400' to 7100', some south aspects were slightly damp.  most other aspects were faceted on the surface with feathers up to 1 cm.  HST from the Sunday storm were a settled 8" above 6000' impressive for the elevation.  Fillmore and the Pavants seem to be in the bullseye this year.

Storm snow was slightly inverted, some minor localized cracking.

 

Red Flags
Red Flags Comments
No red flags observed at this elevation.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wet Slab
Problem #1 Comments

My primary concern in the foothills is wet slides with forecasted warm temps this week.  

Snow Profile
Aspect
West
Elevation
7000
Slope Angle
20
Comments

An impressive snow pack for the 6500' to 7000' elevation range int his area. 

 

Enough daylight and low/mid elevcation snow for afternoon tours in the foothills. I imagine that there is a very limited window for this.

 

my forecasted hazard is for the area traveled today.

I would add that based on a total of 12" at the pine creek snotel site in the Pavants, I would anticipate a hazard in the considerable range in wind loaded areas in the Pavant high country such as the area described in my observation with Brett from Willow Creek on Saturday.

Photo below, Trailheads are a bit different in SW Utah, Photo Brett Kobernik.

 

Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Low
Snow Profile Coordinates