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Observation Date: 
03/11/2016
Observer Name: 
Reed Kennard
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
pre laurel ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Warm day at the geyser pass trail head with temps in the low 40's at 10:00 and steady wind out of the south west. Skies were partly cloudy at the beginning of the tour and almost completely over cast by 2:00. Temps around 11,500 ft were still above freezing with continuous winds out of the south west with frequent strong gust. Loose snow could still be seen blowing around along the upper elevation ridges.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Skiing in sheltered areas was quite good near treeline as long as you avoided areas that had been damaged by the sun. lower elevation skiing was damp and grabby even in shady sheltered areas. Lots of transitional snow up their with ample melt freeze crust to help you build some character.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments: 
Snow could still be seen blowing around at upper elevations ridges. I can't really say their was rapid warming going on because it was quite warm the whole time.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Loose Wet Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Watch for roller balls and other signs signs of wet instability. The new snow that fell earlier in the week has the potential to slide on sunny aspects as the day warms up.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
This weeks storm came in with a lot of wind and upper elevation northerly slopes are suspect for wind loading. good slope assessment is crucial when thinking about skiing these slopes.
Comments: 
this melt freeze crust was the product of my first few turns
Observer email: 
rkennard@alumni.unity.edu
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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