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Observation Date: 
02/11/2017
Observer Name: 
Hardesty, Wilson
Region: 
Skyline
Location Name or Route: 
North Trough Springs
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Weather Comments: 
Humid; skies started to clear by the afternoon toward mostly cloudy.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
8"
New Snow Density: 
High
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Damp powder up high.  

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Yellow flag: the new snow has only insulated the unsupportable wet grains beneath. Cornices continue to be a significant issue.
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
8800
Comments: 

Ski pen roughly 10cm; boot pen 60+ cm....demonstrating how the wet snow has yet to lock up; the new snow only insulated the rain saturated upper levels of the snowpack.  

Photos:

Class 2 cornice fall likely pulling out early this morning - 4' chunks of hard cornice...perhaps 100' wide.

Cornice laden ridgeline

The drive down Fairview canyon

Seems mostly stable with an eye toward cornice fall and wet activity -

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