11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/13/2016
Observer Name: 
Brett Kobernik
Location Name or Route: 
Jordan, Potters, Pleasant Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Moderate to Strong wind along the higher ridgelines.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Snow surface conditions are like dense cream making for very nice riding and turning outside of the higher more exposed areas.  I am finding an average of 2 feet of total snow on the ground as I travel around.  There is up to 3 feet in the most favored ares.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

As mentioned above, the recent wind drifted snow is obvious and is the only real avalanche concern out there right now.  The drifts were the most sensitive on Monday when the wind drifted the most snow after our storm on Saturday.  There was one avalanche reported that released on Monday:

Date  Region  Place  Trigger  Depth  Width  Aspect  Elevation  Weakness    12/12/2016 Skyline  Wedding Ring Ridge  Natural  18"  100  East  10000  New Snow/Old Snow Interface  Details

I did not spot any other avalanches during my travels today and I did cover quite a bit of ground.  Wedding Ring is one of the usual suspects.  It's a "repeat offender" sliding often during wind events and I don't see that this avalanche is really indicative of any widespread concern.  I did note a few cornices that recently broke off in different bowls but no avalanches released below them.

Comments: 

I continue to be pleased with what I am finding in the snowpack this season.  Currently, we don't have any significant weak layers that will cause problems as we add more snow on top of them.  This is subject to change but things look good as of now.  The snowpack is much more supportable now than at the same time last season.

Although the wind has been blowing along the higher terrain, I found surprisingly pleasing conditions.  So much so that I had to take an extra long lunch break and run a couple of laps.  

The avalanche danger is LOW in the majority of the terrain.  A MODERATE danger exists along the higher more east facing terrain where all the recent wind has been forming drifts.  Let these drifts settle for a few days and they will most likely stay in place.  After a little time, the slopes that have been receiving the wind loading should be quite stable.

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