11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/2/2017
Observer Name: 
Pagnucco, Davis
Location Name or Route: 
Rodeo Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Moderate snowfall above 7000'. Already 3 to 6" by 1pm. Light but swirly wind. Below 7000' much calmer with light, wet snowfall. Mashed potatoes like.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Cooler temps at mid elevation made for fun turning conditions. Lower elevations had about 3" of mashed potatoes on top of either a breakable or very slick crust. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Heavy Snowfall
Cracking
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #1 Comments: 

Stayed well below the wind zone but could hear it howling over towards Cutler. Ogden Peak had high winds today between 1 and 4pm and moderate winds the rest of the day. I imagine wind slabs developed rapidly in higher, exposed elevations.

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

Hard to believe someone could have triggered a persistent slab avalanche today. The pack is deep and compressed, at least in the Rodeo Ridge area. That is not to say there is no chance elsewhere in the Ogden area - between Bountiful Peak, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Monte Cristo, and Ben Lomond the snowpack varies greatly. There may be isolated places where the buried surface hoar and/or NSF remain players but unless we get another big load all at once I don't think we'll see avalanches on these buried weaknesses.  

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