11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/29/2016
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Pahvants - Mountain Sheep Canyon
Weather
Weather Comments: 
Warm day in the mountains, walking with no jaceket and no gloves felt good. Valley is inverted and cold.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Generally weak faceting powder in most areas.  Sun exposed areas at low elevations were damp or crusted depending location and time of day.

Some very minor wind crusts on exposed ridgelines.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Normal caution, generally low danger in the area traveled to day.  I would speculate a moderate hazard in higher, wind loaded areas.  The snow pack in this area is about 30 inches, Obstacles are still present.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
West
Elevation: 
8500
Slope Angle: 
25
Comments: 

HS = 28-30"

Basal 4-5" consist of frozen melt forms, pencil hardness.  This is similar to what I saw in the Maple Hollow area 2 weeks ago.  Generally a good basal layer to have.

The mid pack consist of 2 finger hardness rounds.

The upper pack consists of weakening and faceting snow that grades from 4 finger to fist hardness.

I also dug a quick pit on a northeast-facing slope at the head of Copelys Canyon (due east of my pit location) and found similar conditions.

Overall the surface snow seems to be weakening.

Photos below:

1.  Upper Copleys canyon, I dug a quick pits on the foreground slope.

2.  The terrain in Cedar Spring Canyon from my past observations, this area is now sled access only (or a really long trudge even by Pahvant standards).

Overall a low danger in the area traveled today but I would still have some concerns in the upper more exposed areas  I would speculate a moderate hazard in these areas and am not ready to say low for the whole range.

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