Observation: Gold Hill

Observation Date
02/17/2017
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin

Region:

Location Name or Route
Gold Hill, East Fk. Bear River
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
The day started out with sunshine for a few hours with clouds moving in mid day. Winds picked up, but little to no snow transport on the ridge lines.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
Lots of frozen hard sled tracks, a stout melt freeze crust on the south side of the compass, but still some nice dense creamy snow on high shady north slopes.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Cracking
Red Flags Comments
Very little wind transported snow, but some minor cracking in fresh shallow wind slabs on the north side of the compass.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
Just some very isolated shallow wind slabs on the ridge lines and these were very small and not real connected.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Trend
Same
Problem #2 Comments
Looks like the forecasted storm for this evening will be quite warm with dense snow. This new snow could become damp and active as the day heats up.
Comments
A nice smooth groomed trail this morning and much welcomed with the hard frozen tracks throughout the area.
Grey skies and a slight increase in the winds as the afternoon went on. No new snow while I was out.
I was only finding some isolated and shallow wind slabs on the exposed ridge lines. These were not connecting yet and did not create any issues where I was today.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates