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Observation Date: 
01/20/2017
Observer Name: 
Mike H
Region: 
Ogden
Location Name or Route: 
Cutler Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Around 8,000 feet near the Ben Lomond Peak weather station snow was coming down fast. Big beautiful stellars. Low winds so far, but lots of AST and if the winds pick up we could see those wind slabs form rapidly.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
2"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Really good skiing/riding conditions exist.  I wish I didn't have to get into the office today. Fast soft snow with a supportable base further down.  Lots of persistent grains in the snow pack, and the newly buried surface hoar and near surface facets are currently un reactive to the new load, but as this weather pattern continues, I would expect to see these persistent weak layers (PWL) announce themselves. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Multiple PWLs exist in the upper snowpack.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

With the new snow load buried surface hoar and near surface facets will come back into play.   Lots of persistent grains in the snow pack, and the newly buried surface hoar and near surface facets are currently un reactive to the new load, but as this weather pattern continues, I would expect to see these persistent weak layers (PWL) announce themselves. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

Limited wind in our location today, but there is a lot of AST and if the winds increase we will see this problem be very apparent and noticeable .

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
8100
Slope Angle: 
29
Video: 

Photo 1- moderate snowfall happening above 8,000ft

Photo 2 - loose snow problems exist currently, but with any wind this is a large amount of AST.

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