11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
02/4/2017
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Brianhead Backcountry - Navajo Lake
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Light breeze with 9,600' temps a bit above freezing.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

A trace of new snow in the last few days.  Some drifted areas on the highway.

Dense loose seems about right, settled snow in wind protected areas.  Wind affected snow in wind exposed areas.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Normal caution while traveling in this area.  Sleds have been "testing" many slopes without results.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
9600
Slope Angle: 
25
Comments: 

HS=6'.  Snow pit profile is upper 4.5' of pack.  Generally grades from 1 finger to 4 finger with no observed crusts of any type.  A good solid pack.  I was surprised to find no rain crust at this elevation,  no major breaks or shears.

 

Photo below is mid-pack rounds about 2.5' below the top of the pit.

Went nordic skiing today and remembered why fat skis completely revolutionized BC skiing!

This profile is  representative of the area between Webster Flat and Duck Creek which sees a lot of sled activity with the exception of the Deer Hollow Nordic area.

Low danger in this area, impressive snow pack.

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