11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/8/2017
Observer Name: 
Dave Garcia
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Corkscrew
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Snow was intermittent through the morning. It died off this afternoon. Maybe 1 inch total accumulation on the day. Temperatures were pretty warm and it felt pretty humid up there today. Lots of moisture in the air. Rime that had melted off the lower trees due to warm temperatures in the morning had reformed by the afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
1"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
One inch of new snow fell during the day today, and maybe 1 inch over night. Storm totals are now 8 to 10 inches in sheltered spots. The snow that has been piling up all week is medium density powder that is making for some great skiing.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
As stated wind slab will still be an issue heading into tomorrow and the next couple of days. They will be most pronounced on N and E facing slopes, but as always look for cross loading and localized wind drifts on all aspects in the high elevations
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
New Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
I think the crew of five that skied Corkscrew yesterday (Saturday) really hit the nail on the head with their stability evaluation of the corkscrew area. Skiing out there today I can confirm their reports of a relatively stable snow pack. We ski cut and actively skied a lot of steep terrain out there today and enjoyed fun skiing in stable conditions. Keep in mind Corkscrew is generally pretty sheltered from wind and sun compared to a lot of the terrain we ski in the high elevations off Laurel Highway. You will find a lot more variation in snow pack depth and structure and more influence from the wind in the higher elevations. The one thing that may have changed from yesterday to today is the consistency of the storm snow. With the warm and humid temperatures today, the surface snow became more consolidated and if this continues I could see the surface snow acting as a slab. As I dropped into the very last pitch of the day today Travis noticed shooting cracks in the surface snow, something to be aware of as we are forecast to get more snow tomorrow into Tuesday. New snow instablities and storm slab will be something to look out for if we receive the forecasted numbers. I think the overall danger today was moderate, and tomorrow will start out moderate and could change to considerable if the storm delivers.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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