11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/20/2016
Observer Name: 
Leeds/Kobernik
Location Name or Route: 
Cow Fork
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Light winds on the ridge tops, a bit of transport, minor. Wind increased in the late afternoon but stayed in the light range.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Generally settled powder with a trace of wind affect.

Some south aspects were slightly damp in the afternoon.  Some south aspects had a light crust.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Normal caution for traveling in an area with some areas of thin snow pack.

Low danger in this area.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
9800
Slope Angle: 
30
Comments: 

Aspect is north Northeast,  HS is 48" in wind protected areas, ski pole in photo is 125 cm.  The basal 8" consists of damp rounds, 2 finger density.  No facets in this area.

The rest of the snow pack grades from 2 to 4 finger hardness with one 1 finger crust (wind) about 10" above the top of the damp rounds.  This is the strongest snow pack I have encountered anywhere in southern Utah this winter.

Wind exposed areas near the ridge tops contain a thinner weaker snow pack as to be expected.

North facing meadows are filling in nicely in this area.

I was impressed by the strength of the snow pack when compared to the recent forays in the Pahvants and Tushers. It is worth noting that accessing this area without a motor would entail a very long slog.

I would say a low danger in this area.  I think it is always worth noting that low does not mean no.......

 

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