11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/26/2016
Observer Name: 
Toddeo/Lear
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Tushers - North Fork Three Creeks
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Cold day! Clear and calm most of the day. Plumes off of the highest peaks in the morning, subsided early.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Powder, 'nuff said.  Settled out a bit from yesterday.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Heavy Snowfall
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
New Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

See notes above for red flags.

Considerable hazard.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

As usual for the Tushers, all of the alpine looked nuked.

I would speculate considerable hazard.

 

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
9300
Slope Angle: 
20
Comments: 

In general a good early season snowpack.  HS - 54".

Basal facets are rounding and 3 finger hardness. Not a big concern in this area.

A rain crust about 12-14 above the basal rounding facets.  It is decomposing.

The rest of the pack grades from 2 to 4 finger hardness capped by fist.  One rain crust was observed in the mid pack about 12-14" above the basal facets.  This appears to be decomposing.  The recent storm snow has grapuel at the base.

Note ECTP 21, Q2 @ base of new snow, slow it did not "pop".  This shear is similar to some of my pole columns yesterday.

Photos below.

1.  basal rounding facets

2. mid pack rounds

3.  base of storm snow

4. ECTP results

Overall I would say considerable hazard we felt that we would not want to ski steep terrain.

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