Observation: Moab

Observation Date
02/20/2017
Observer Name
Edward Oak

Region:

Location Name or Route
Edward Oak
Weather
Sky
Scattered
Weather Comments
Scattered clouds and fog, no wind, no precipitation. Warm.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
4"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Red Flags Comments
Felt and heard settlement on rollover into Exxon's. Hollow drum sound on wind dense pillows.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
Fairly easy shovel sheer 2 ft. Down. Wind dense snow with weak bonding in buried layer.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Deep Slab
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments
Still buried small faceted crystals at ground layer. 8" depth hoar at bottom of 5' snowpack.
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northwest
Elevation
11200
Slope Angle
35
Comments
After making an evaluation we chose to ski the East Tele Heaven side of the ridge instead of Exxon's. snow pack seemed more stable on East side of Tuk No. Ridge.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates