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Observation Date: 
02/4/2017
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Gold Hill Basin
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Precipitation: 
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Moderate snowfall this morning and with the overnight snow, the trialhead picked up 4~5" and a solid 8~10" in the Gold Hill area.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
10"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
A nice little storm to freshen things up and cover the old hard tracks. The new snow seemed a bit upside down with slightly denser snow on top and lighter snow underneath, but conditions where still quite good.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Red Flags Comments: 
There were some fresh wind drifts and cracking within the new snow. Late in the afternoon when I was out, the wind loading had mellowed some. The shallow wind drifts were just off the ridge lines and roughly 10~12" deep and just pockety.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
The wind slabs I encountered today were quite manageable, breaking only several inches deep and only involved the new snow. I did not venture out into steep terrain and test bigger slopes. I was finding these fresh wind slabs just off the ridge lines and only small pockets.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
I did not spend much time looking into buried weak layers and my quick snow pits did not reveal any glaring weaknesses. I was observing some moderate clean shears just within the snow.
Comments: 
Mostly just sluffing of the new snow when I got a small piece of wind drifted snow to break and move downhill. I was able to find one small pocket of wind slab just off the ridge on a northeast facing slope. It needed a bit of slope angle to move and just involved the new snow.
Observer email: 
tscroggin@allwest.net
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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