11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
01/7/2017
Observer Name: 
Matt Van Scoyoc w/ Travis Nauman, Nate Ament, Chris Bolos, & Zacharia Levine
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Corkscrew Glades
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Changing to overcast with snow flurries and calm to moderate winds out of the NW in the late afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
6"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
6" to 8" of new snow on dense, supportable base. South to SW aspects had a wind/sun crust.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
It's down there, although in our pit we had to hit it very hard to get it to release. See Travis Nauman's snow pit observation.
Comments: 
The snow pack was surprisingly stable today. On the skin up, I dug several hand pits and tested the surface by skinning above or below our skin track and trying to get the new snow to pop. Nothing moved; the new snow was nicely bonded to the older surface. After we finished our snow pit (see Travis Nauman's observation), I skinned above the pit and jumped about 5 times and nothing moved. At the top of Corkscrew I ski cut the gully starting zone (on skiers right off the top) and nothing, no cracking or collapsing. Lastly, I ski cut the steep little slope at the bottom the the gully, as you traverse skiers left to the last shot. Again no signs of instability.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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