Observation: Upper Weber Canyon

Observation Date
01/25/2017
Observer Name
Kikkert

Region:

Location Name or Route
Upper Weber Canyon
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Northwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Mostly cloudy AM with some periods of slight clearing and filtered sunshine in the afternoon. Light off and on snowfall with and inch of accumulation during the day. Cold.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
2"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Another 2" last night; lots of fluff on the surface.  All aspects skiing well.

Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Problem #1 Comments

Spent the day looking at S and SW facing slopes at 10K and above. Found them to be a bit spooky Upper elevations had a very thin snowpack due to the strong SW winds during all the January storms. Due at least in part to being shallow, there was faceted snow both above and below a suncrust 60 cm down. Easy failure in pits, with full propagation in the weakest areas (see profile below). Due to our observations, opted to ski low angle subridges. Glad we did, as during our last run, we remotely triggered a slide on a steep crossloaded slope (see separate avalanche observation). 

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