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Observation Date: 
01/28/2017
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Whitney Basin, Yamaha Hill,
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Not quite as cold as yesterday, but northeast winds continue along the ridge lines.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Nice dense settled powder and some faceted loose surface snow from the clear nights. Fairly busy today with many riders out enjoying some great snow conditions.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments: 
A minor red flag, but the northeast winds were still blowing today.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
I was not able to locate any fresh wind slabs, but there was snow blowing around today from northeast winds.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
I was able to dig around in some mid elevation protected north terrain and did locate buried surface hoar. It was easy to identify in a pit wall and would collapse with moderate effort, but it did not propagate a crack across a larger column.
Comments: 
The surface hoar layer was easy to identify in this snow pit.
Many steeper slopes were getting lots of traffic and no signs of instability.
Observer email: 
tscroggin@allwest.net
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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