11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/3/2016
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Location Name or Route: 
Pahvant Range - Horse Hollow
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
East
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Slight east breeze on the ridge at 7100'
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
18"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Big storm here in SW Utah,  18" at 7000'. 14 in town from the last wave alone and I was told 24" in Kanosh. Generally right side up and capped with 8" of low density.

Pine Creek Snotel - 71" settled down from 81", Pahvants

Big Creek snotel, - 56" settled from 60" , Tushers

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Heavy Snowfall
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
New Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Some drifting in wind exposed areas and an occasional wind crust about a foot down makes me suspicious of the new snow.

Moderate hazard in this area.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

With this much new snow and an increasing sun angle, I would be concerned about being on any  slopes encompassing the south half of the compass once they start heating.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
West
Elevation: 
6800
Slope Angle: 
30
Comments: 

New snow looks like it came in warm and is well bonded to the underlaying crust.  Of note is one shear zone about a foot down,   Not major but worth noting, it appears to be at the top of the denser snow at the start of the storm.

Photos below, road cut activity on the Chalk Creek Road, both at about 6000' elevation.  Bad light.....north facing.

Photos below: foothill skiing and a typical meadow.

Hazard is for area traveled, I would say considerable in the upper elevations.

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