11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/5/2016
Observer Name: 
Nate Ament
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Funnel and Gold Miner's
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
SSW wind causing visible transport of loose snow from high peaks and ridgelines. Obvious overnight scouring of snow from 12/4/16 down to grass and rocks in many places above treeline.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Substantial effects from wind and sun between Saturday (12/3) and Monday (12/5). Areas at treeline that were skiable on Saturday were down to grass by Monday. Up to 1 cm thick sun crusts below treeline.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #1 Comments: 
Not really a problem on south facing terrain, but increasing on north facing terrain.
Geyser Pass road is very polished and there are numerous "bomb craters" from vehicles going off the road over the weekend. Avalanche danger may be low/moderate, but the road is getting into the considerable rating... Watch out when descending the gauntlet of road activity on weekend afternoons!
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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