11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/30/2016
Observer Name: 
R. Kennard
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Corkscrew Glades
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
It was fantastic day out in the backcountry. Temps seemed to be hovering right around freezing in the corkscrew neighbor hood today. Winds stayed light for the beginning part of the day, but picked up a little in the afternoon. Looked like their may be a storm brewing to the west towards the end of the day.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Good powder skiing can still be found in sheltered areas in the La Sals. We noticed some surface hoar that had formed out in the open on north facing slopes. Melt Freeze crust was prevalent on southerly slopes. Things were still looking a little thin in the trees heading to the top of corkscrew, but the more open terrain had plenty of coverage to protect you from the sharks teeth, except on wind affected ridges. Coverage on the south west facing slope on the way out was thin and their were plenty of hazards to be aware of.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
This persistent slab will be something keep an eye on as the next storm system move in over the weekend.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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