11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/23/2016
Observer Name: 
Evan Clapper
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Funnel
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Laurel Peak seemed to be holding the cloud while I was there. Lower Gold Basin summer road was pleasant, however the weather station and everything along the ridge from prelude to Tuk was getting a chilly wind.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
5"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Great powder below tree line. Higher up there was just enough new snow to just barely get beyond "dust on crust" skiing. Ridge tops were becoming scoured with deeper deposits on the leeward sides however there was surprisingly minimal slabs formed at 10 am. I only found one isolated pocket of reactive wind slab in a specific area which seemed consistent with the day's forecast. No naturals observed on my early(ish) tour. Skiing was much improved.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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