11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/18/2017
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Whitney Basin
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
South
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Just a trace of snow at the trailhead and around 5~6" in the upper reaches of Whitney Basin. Some brief periods of filtered sun today and gusty south winds all day on the ridge lines moving lots of snow around.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
6"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
A nice little re~set with new snow today, with about 5~6" around the Whitney Area. It was some good medium density snow to fill in some old tracks and the riding and turning was quite good on sheltered north facing slopes.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
With more snow and wind forecasted, todays wind drifts should get a little deeper and more connected tomorrow.
Comments: 
Sluffing of the new snow and sensitive wind drifts were the main hazard today. Some of these dry sluffs were picking up speed as they moved down hill with a small dust cloud, but not overly deep.
Winter like on the ridge line with gusty south winds blowing lots of snow around. But nice creamy snow was found in sheltered terrain.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 

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