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Observation Date: 
01/27/2017
Observer Name: 
Craig O.
Region: 
Ogden
Location Name or Route: 
Powder Mtn Backcountry
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Clear sky with cold temps especially on the ridges where the North wind was blowing ranging from 10 to 20 mph.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Skiing was good.  The surface was mostly a dense wind blown powder that skied well. Giant wind drifts were most prominent on the South, SE, and West aspects. Only minor cracking on one west facing wind drift with no energy.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments: 
Could see a few old avalanches from the storm cycle that were now mostly buried. One appeared to be at lower elevations NE facing. Wind was moving enough snow to fill in the uptrack near the ridges.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Storm Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Dug two pits. One at 8600' NW  ECTX.  2nd one at 7600' SE. This started as a hand pit and found an ice crust about 30" down that needed further investigation. ECTP16 RP@18" from surface. NO reaction with ice crust. Unsure what the weak layer was, but the results were enough for me to move to a different less exposed area. This may become more reactive with heating over the next few days. With all of the new snow we still kept our slope angles to 30 deg. for the day.

 

 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Loose Dry Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

Ski cut some steep roll over test slopes and could still get the top few in inches to sluff off, could be a hazard in continuously steep terrain in gullies or above cliffs.

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