11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/24/2017
Observer Name: 
Darce Trotter / Steve Cote
Region: 
Skyline
Location Name or Route: 
Electric Lake Bowl
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
snow squalls intermixed with sun poking through, SW winds at ridgelines still knocking snow off trees, but still not moderate speeds, temps remained cool all day,
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
10"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

wind exposed areas would refill uptrack, moving snow off ridgelines, but in protected areas we skied today, no slabs were present although we did note pack was settling out from cold smoke first thing in AM to more low density snow, no doubt forming new cornices and wind slabs, as in forecast.  We stayed in well known terrain and after a couple of ski cuts, found only new snow sluffing, 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

snow was very well behaved out of wind, right side up, sluffing as noted above, visibility was still poor over summit, and we did not get a look at any of the higher terrain today

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Cornice
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

new cornices were easily formed from loose snow in fetches, but we were preoccupied with the stellar hero snow, and did not get into any, increase in wind will grow them quickly 

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
East
Elevation: 
9400
Slope Angle: 
29
Video: 

did have failure at new snow / old snow interface with old skool CT, but could not duplicate with ECT, gaining strength nicely

Video: 

265 cm or 117" of snow!!! at 9500'

winter is back, there is a reason this is one of our favorite haunts

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