11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
Observation Date: 
Observer Name: 
Location Name or Route: 
Cold Water Canyon/Snowbasin Backcountry
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Wind Speed: 
Weather Comments: 
Light winds for the snowbasin area
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
New Snow Density: 
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

A little heavy down low but pretty good up high.

Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

There was not much for blowing snow today but I was fairly worried about stiff wind drifts from yesterday.  A couple of quick jumps on pillows with nothing notable.

Avalanche Problem #2
Wet Snow
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

The new snow was very heavy and at lower elevations I could see this getting a head of steam in steep terrain sliding again on our 2/10 rain crust.  Should not be an issue tomorrow as it get colder.


I must say I was a little skeptical of the Upper elevation E-N aspects today.  After the widespread cycle on the 2/11-15 NSF(Near Surface Facets) sliding on the 2/10 rain crust.   With last nights new load in the 15% range .5in SWE (Snow Water Equivalent).  I had not been able to check out this NSF layer yet due to high winds the past couple days.  As Drew said in the Forecast the Grains of NSF were damp.  I did find it interesting that in some areas they were much wetter and others a little more dry and this had no correlation to elevation.  So yes.  I tested this layer in a couple spots wailed on it.  and ECTX.  I was able to pry out a slab with a shovel shear on a density change in the 2/19 (Saturday night) snow.  We also came across a not so fresh crown in "Tin Man" that failed on the 2/11-15 NSF  A couple other places down the ridge dividing hells from Cold water (Steep NW aspects) had also come out on that layer.  I banged again and pulled on the NSF layer in a crown profile to no avail.  So I guess this layer was guilty until proven innocent and was found innocent ( So Far).  I don't want to rule it out with a lot of snow coming but it really does seem to be healing really well.  

Quick crown profile and filled in crown skiers right "Tin Man"  

4f under a 1 finger slab.  Not that exciting.

Profile from the top of the Wizard. Looking pretty good ECTX only down to 2/10 rain crust.

After today I would call tomorrow moderate unless we get a lot more snow than forecasted or lots of wind but I would still call the wind slabs "Possible" to trigger.

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

Support the Avalanche Center through your purchases

Discount lift tickets
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the UAC when you purchase your next lift tickets.
Lift tickets available in November
Need new gear?
Make your next purchase from our Affiliate Partners and the UAC will receive a portion of the sales.
Sign up for our newsletters, emails and daily forecasts to stay up to date.