Observation: Chalk Creek

Observation Date
11/29/2016
Observer Name
Toddeo

Region:

Location Name or Route
Pahvants - Chalk Creek
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Light breeze, high peaks were socked in most of the day. Just enough snow falling this evening to make the ski down without glasses or goggles anoying.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
4"
New Snow Density
High
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

4" of dense new snow at my high point of 7600'.  Pine Creek snotel showed HST 7", HS 27"  and Bob's Hollow showed HST  5" HS 21" this afternoon, Sites are down this evening.

Snow is well bonded, I was notable to initiate any sluffs on steeper slopes.

The Pahvants seemed to miss out on Sunday.  In comparison Big Flat in the Tushers was showing HS 37" this afternoon.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
I did not not get high enough to see many red flags this afternoon, however some drifts to 2' deep indicate active wind transport.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments

Wind slab based on the drifting I saw at the mid-elevations.

Snow Profile
Aspect
East
Elevation
7600
Slope Angle
15
Comments

HS is only about 14-16 inches.  HST at this location is 4"

Photo below:  Quick Glimpse of White Pine Peak before it clouded back in.

Photo below:

Had some help breaking trail today from miss kitty, my main ski partner here in Fillmore:

I would say moderate to considerable in the upper elevations of the Pahvants.

If anyone is skiing in the Tushers or Brian Head area, I would say considerable based on the weak snow I saw this weekend in places coupled with the large snow amounts.

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