11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/3/2017
Observer Name: 
R. Kennard
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Laurel Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Cold day up on the ridge with temps in the single digits. Not a lot of wind to speak of, but it looked like the winds had been to work the previous day.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Good settled powder skiing could be found in the trees Tuesday afternoon, however anything that was exposed to Mondays winds was either scoured or had formed a hard wind slab. most tracks from the weekend were hard to make out, or had a reverse topography (tracks were sitting above the snow surface).
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
With high winds predicted with this next round of storms I would expect the danger for triggering an already existing wind slab to increase as the snow falls and adds weight to recently formed slabs. Their is a great detailed observation from Monday that you can check out about a skier triggered wind slab.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
With the possible addition of feet of snow on top our complicated snow pack I would expect the avalanche danger to rise as the snow piles up.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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