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Observation Date: 
01/22/2017
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Tushers - Crazy Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
South
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Cloudy and calm most of the day. Snow and wind picked up in the afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Trace new snow today.  14-16" storm snow sitting on a solid base of frozen melt forms.

Red Flags
Red Flags Comments: 
None in this area, by design. I avoided upper elevation exposed areas where I skied the last 2 days.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Normal Caution
Problem #1 Comments: 

None in this area, being 1-3,000 feet lower than the high peaks makes a huge difference!

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
South
Elevation: 
9100
Slope Angle: 
25
Comments: 

HS=115 cm.

HST = 40 cm sitting on a solid base of frozen melt forms, it looks like the rain permeated all the way to the ground.  Interface at the snow saw.

ECTN, photo below.

I went to this area to avoid the hazard and wallow that I found at higher elevations during the last 2 days.  Overall there is a low hazard in this area but this would not be the case in any area that contains wind drifted snow.  I would still base the overall hazard for upper elevation areas based on what I observed during the last two days.

Low danger in sheltered areas below 9,500 and considerable danger above 9,500.

 

 

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