Observation: Moab

Observation Date
02/12/2017
Observer Name
R. Kennard

Region:

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
Red Flags Comments
The new snow felt like it bonded pretty well to the old snow surface. The only avalanche activity we saw during our tour was a sluff trigured by an intentional cornice drop from around the weather station. Keep in mind that the winds were active during yesterdays snow fall.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
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
Storm Slab
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