11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/12/2017
Observer Name: 
Paradis / Brackelsberg
Location Name or Route: 
Smith & Morehouse
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Very nice today to be outside. Temperature was only 2 degrees at the road at 8am but warmed with the sun during the day.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
8"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

South aspects were getting warm and damp by 11am and there was plenty of evidence of wet activity, particular around cliff bands.

On other aspects, that had not been wind scoured and in the trees had nice settled powder.  On steeper slopes the new snow had yet to form a slab and would sluff easily, however these moved slowly and were not all that big.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

This was mainly an issue on south aspects and around cliff bands but not really an issue elsewhere.  

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
9800
Slope Angle: 
30
Comments: 

Seems like we found a maritime snowpack in the Uintas which is a little weird.  Maybe this was an unusually deep spot but this is the deepest pit either of had ever dug in Utah - 410 cms or more than 13 feet deep.  We were 500 vertical feet below the ridgeline so it didn't seem like a spot with excessive windloading.  Overall the snow was quite strong and there was not a persistent weak layer problem were we dug.   

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