11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/31/2017
Observer Name: 
brian smith
Location Name or Route: 
north ogden divide
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
cloudy and blowing moderately on the ridges
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Awesome turning on north and east slopes on faceted snow. Sun crusted on the south slopes. Wind scoured on the ridges. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #1 Comments: 

Dropped many cornices above the divide without any results on the snowfields below. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Problem #2 Comments: 

The past two days I have dug numerous pits south and north of the divide from 6000-7500 ft. I have not been able to find the buried surface hoar. I have been digging to five feet. Not sure why I can not find it, as I saw the surface hoar before the recent storm cycle. I have not been able to get a fracture with any of the ECT's in this area. Lots of new surface hoar forming out there however. 

Comments: 

Photos of surface hoar yesterday and today. 

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