11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/29/2017
Observer Name: 
Derek DeBruin
Region: 
Ogden
Location Name or Route: 
Ben Lomond, Cutler Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Blue bird skies with warm temperatures and plenty of sun throughout the day. Felt like spring and had me wishing I'd brought a sun layer instead of a fleece. Very little wind at lower elevation, with light winds above about 8,000'. Even the summit pyramid winds were mild for typical Ben Lomond weather.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Still soft snow to be found in sheltered locations and shady slopes. Above 8,500', wind effects became noticeable, with wind loading increasing in depth and hardness to the saddle with full-blown sastrugi on the summit pyramid and boot pen of 5 to 10cm. Most noteworthy was the widespread surface hoar below aboutn7,600', with grain size around 2-3mm at the largest.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Rapid Warming
Comments: 
Can't figure out how to make photos load from my phone, but there was plenty of cornicing and wind effects on the Ben Lomond summit, a comparatively mellow Willard headwall, and a number of wet slides and point releases above Cutler Creek.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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