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Observation Date: 
03/2/2016
Observer Name: 
Weed, Pagnucco
Region: 
SE Idaho
Location Name or Route: 
Franklin Basin, Gibson Lakes Area, Danish Pass
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Stayed cool with cloud cover and sustained westerly winds, but could feel a rapid increase in air temperatures when sun occationally popped out.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
3"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

We found great "go anywhere" riding conditions and were pleasantly surprised to find pretty nice shallow powder on north facing upper elevation slopes. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Red Flags Comments: 
Some wind slabs may have formed on top of and preserved last week's faceted surface snow.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Cornice
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Ridge top cornices might break further back than you expect and could trigger avalanches on steep slopes below.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

Even though only a few inches accumulated recently, drifting has created wind slabs in lee slope deposition areas.  These slabs were surprisingly robust in areas with large upwind fetch areas.  We noted significant ongoing drifting in some exposed areas.

Comments: 

-The east face of Wilderness Peak is an example of a drifted slope that we chose to avoid yesterday.

- Large drifts were forming in areas downwind of large fetch areas (treeless flats where winds pick up fresh snow)

We were a bit surprised to find very nice shallow powder conditions in sheltered north facing terrain.

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