11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/13/2017
Observer Name: 
Mark Staples
Location Name or Route: 
Dry Fork
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Beautiful day, calm winds and sunshine. Air temps stayed surprisingly cool despite strong sunshine.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Hard frozen snow below 8000 feet. By 9000 feet the snow was soft and great. Even southerly aspects up high had great powder, but it was getting damp as the day warmed

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Rapid Warming
Comments: 

Both shallow slabs and point releases were possible. See both in the first photo below.

At 9000 feet on a NE aspect, we found about a foot of wet, weak snow under about a foot of powder. It should slowly freeze but it is insulated by the dry snow on top.

Things were active a low elevations. Lots of rocks and dirt tumbling down. Even spotted this fresh land slide above American Fork River/Creek about 1/8 mile above Tibble Fork Reservoir.

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

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