11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/15/2017
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Location Name or Route: 
Tushers - Mount Holly/Lake Peak
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Basically all of the above except clear, high peaks socked in most of the day with the exception of the sucker hole that convinced me to summit Mount Holly. Light precip at times, pellets, no accumulation during the day
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Both kinds of snow today; powder and not powder.

A trace of new snow overnight.  Some solar aspects are crusted.  Souths above 11,200 or so survived.

Some damp snow during a sun/greenhouse event, I did not think I would need skin wax at 11,500' in January.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Moderate danger  

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Normal Caution
Problem #2 Comments: 

Normal caution

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
11100
Slope Angle: 
35
Comments: 

HS - 180 cm, in this sheltered area below the ridge on Lake Peak.  Of note, the rain crust was not present at this location/elevation.  There was an older crust at 115 cm above the ground.  Photo shows ECTN, I was able to pound the top of the shovel with body weight and the column just collapsed below it.  ECT was isolated to the crust at 115 cm above the ground.

Photos below: 

1. Surface hoar at pit location.

2, Rime at 11,200' was not iced like I observed last week at lower elevations, this is more evidance that this elevation did not get rain.

3. Varied surfaces, drifts present on many aspects in the alpine.  The south sides of some drifts were crusted while the north sides were not.  Kind of reminded me of the old days at Hunter when the moguls had soft snow on one side and ice on the other!

Overall a moderate danger, I did not see anything alarming.

Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 

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