11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/25/2017
Observer Name: 
jg
Location Name or Route: 
Hoyt Peak Environs
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
On and off snow with minimal accumulation. Light to moderate winds from the NW. Temps in the mid to lower teens at 9K. Clouds were breaking a little later in the day.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

The buried surface hoar and surface facets formed last week are my biggest concern.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
West
Elevation: 
8500
Slope Angle: 
Unknown
Comments: 

Traveled again in the Hoyt Peak area from about 7K to 9500 ft. Still finding a lot of sensitive, buried surface hoar in my travels. This layer is my biggest concern and I'm still not willing to push slope angles in mid elevation terrain. The problem is very spatially variable but more prevalent than not. I'm curious how much of a problem it is at high elevations in the wind zone. For me, slope angle is how I'm managing this problem. If you are traveling in terrain with slope angles greater than 32°-34° I would say the hazard is considerable. Less than those angles, moderate danger.

On the bright side, the turning is five-star right now.

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