11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/31/2017
Observer Name: 
Craig Gordon
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Chalk Creek/Dark Side
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Gusty west and southwest winds swirling around near the ridges and getting into mid elevation open terrain.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Mixed bag out there with lots of wind damage in the big open terrain

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

Wind drifts isolated to the leeward side of upper elevation ridges and perhaps cross-loaded in chutes and gullies facing the north half of the compass.

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

Surface Hoar and NSF, now buried a couple feet deep, are most prevalent on wind sheltered, north facing slopes.  

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