11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/28/2017
Observer Name: 
Mike H
Location Name or Route: 
Rodeo Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Beautiful day in the Ogden Backcountry again. Today was in the 20's but the sun warmed things up while skinning. The colder temps kept the sun from affecting the snow to much. We stayed in low angle, lower elevation terrain so we were unable to look at steep upper elevation solar effects.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Last night we were cold and clear and formed another new layer of surface hoar.  At 4pm the sun nor wind had taken it down.  We'll want to watch this through out the next week of high pressure weather.  Great skiing can be found on all aspects of the compass right now !  

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

We still have multiple persistent weak layers in our snowpack.  The good thing is while some of the layers are reactive to compression tests (63cm down was the buried surface hoar), we received no results from ECTs on both Rodeo and cutler Ridge today in the 7000ft range on both NNE and ESE aspects. If you dig deep enough you can trigger a well consolidated slab that was reactive to shovel shears and failing on the Dec 16 rain crust that is very deep.  These avalanches are getting harder and harder to trigger, but the consequences of triggering a deeper persistent layer would catostrophic. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

Lots of loose dry snow out there making for fantastic riding conditions, I hesitate to call it storm slabs as we are now 72hrs out from our last snowfall.  Normal caution should be taken and consider the effects of not managing sluff or our soft snow problems that will potentially drag you into more consequential terrain. 

Comments: 

Photo 1 - snow profile of upper 150CM

​Video 1 - ECTX

Video 2 - CT21 SP down 63cm (Video shows 9 taps from the wrist.  Ten were done, video just wasn't started yet.) 

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

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