11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/11/2017
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Whitney Basin-Double Hill
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Nice to see the new snow and cooler temperatures. The storm exited the area this morning, leaving a nice 8~10" of medium density snow. Overcast till mid~morning and some partial clearing on and off throughtout the afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
8"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Rain-Rime Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
The mid and low elevations have damp snow underneath the new snow and at upper elevations mostly cold dry snow. Was surprised to find a rain crust below the new snow, nothing reactive while digging around, but might be something to keep an eye on?
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Would anticipate the new snow to get a little active once it sees direct sun for the first time and starts to develop into more of a slab.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Cornice
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
With warmer temperatures forecasted, the large cornices out there will become more tender and possibly breaking from the ridge lines.
Comments: 
This was the conditions yesterday at the trailhead, with rain, standing water and tough going just to get around. What a difference 12 hrs can make with colder temperatures and 8" of snow.
Nice and cool with some frosty trees up on the higher ridge lines and calm to light winds.
Mostly stable conditions today and riders were testing some steeper slopes.
About 8" new snow in the Double Hill area and it is sitting on a rain crust from the warm and rainy day on Friday. Will need to watch and see how this crust plays out with warmer temps and the new snow developing into more of a slab?
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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