11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/9/2016
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Location Name or Route: 
Pahvants - Cedar Spring Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Warm day, mostly calm, a light south breeze in the afternoon. I was able to ski a couple of runs without a jacket or windbreaker.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Lower elevations were crusted in the morning.

Norths above 8,000' were still dry this morning.  All aspects were damp by noon.  Snow was downright sticky on my exit at 3 pm.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

If I was skiing in avalanche terrain today, I would have been concerned about the rapid warming.

Moderate hazard.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

Still a thin snow pack in this area. 

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
8400
Comments: 

HS is 18-20".

Basal 4" are 2-finger density, damp rounding facets that are starting to coalesce/chain and heal (see photo below).

Overlying snow is all 2 finger density with the exception of one layer that is an old crust of 1 finger density about 5" above the facets.

Photos below:

High terrain in Pahvants; and

Mount Wheeler though my superzoom lens.

Mid elevations melted significantly today, had to walk a lot further today than on Wednesday.

Pilgrims are still trying to drive into the high country without success.

Skied NW, SW, S and SE aspects today.  Also skied the upper portion of Cottonwood Canyon.

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