11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/12/2017
Observer Name: 
R. Kennard
Location Name or Route: 
Horse Creek, The Dark Side, Pinto
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
South
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
It was a warm, overcast day up in the mountains with temps right around freezing near treeline. We had a brief window of sunshine in the morning and then overcast for the rest of the day with occasional light snowfall and light winds out of the south.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
5"
New Snow Density: 
High
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Todays ski conditions were reminiscent of an east coast powder day.  4-6" of dense snow fell yesterday giving the snow a much needed refresh.  We skied North facing trees into Horse Creek and found soft snow that skied kind of like spreadable butter.  Once in Horse Creek we took a lap on a southwest facing slope that had the same "butter" snow with a stout melt freeze crust below.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

It sounded like wind slabs were isolated to near ridge tops today.  I would be cautious of the lee side of exposed ridges and terrain features near or above tree line.  

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
New Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

With yesterdays new snow storm slabs were the other problem of concern for today.  We skied some steep north facing trees and were unable to get any reaction out of the snow.  Barely any sluff running out of your turns.  It just stuck to the snow surface downslope.

Butter Snow

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