11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/7/2017
Observer Name: 
R. Kennard
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Laurel Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
It was single digits and overcast in the parking lot this morning. The grey skies continued for the rest of the day and the winds started to pick up around 10:00. By the time we got to tree line on Laurel Ridge we decided to turn around and ski the trees because of the constant wind and blowing snow. By 3:00 it looked like it was snowing in gold basin as we were headed down the mountain.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
It felt like the snow that fell during the last storm cycle came down relatively dense and heavy. We were only getting 3" to 4" inches of ski penetration, which made for some nice creamy turns.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
With the steady winds from the southwest today and the winds that occurred during the last storm cycle I would expect to find some decent wind slabs on the lee side of ridges and terrain features.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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