11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/2/2016
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Pahvants - Cedar Spring Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Sky was mostly obscured with some sunny breaks. Light snow throughout the day.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
2"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

2" with most of it falling today,  Very low density more would have been nice,  All aspects stayed dry.  Trail breaking not bad 6" of ski penetration,  However, the only reason I was able to get to this spot was because I broke a bunch of trail during the week.

South aspects skied better with a more consolidated "base" and less brush, see profile below.  

Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Normal caution for skiing in low snowpack areas.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
8400
Slope Angle: 
25
Comments: 

Thin but solid profile.  HS-(25-26)", The basal 5" or so consists of a degrading 1 finger recrystalized granular (2mm or so) melt forms.  No facets.  The upper 20 or so inches grades from 2 finger at the base to 4 finger near the top.  Capped with 1-2" of fluff.

I did see some facets on more northerly and sheltered aspects but nothing alarming.

I made it to about 9200' in this area upper areas were a bit more scoured and thinner.  I choose a protected area for the profile.

Photo below, typical aspen terrain with a 3-hour approach after driving in 4WD to 6,400'.

Hazard is low in this area but I wold say an overall hazard of moderate.

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