11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/25/2017
Observer Name: 
brian smith
Location Name or Route: 
bridge canyon to 7900 ft.
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
snowing lightly with strong west winds on the ridges.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
3"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Super light density snow on all of the protected areas, nice turning. At  7800 ft. the storm snow has settle to around 15 inches on the old pack which is now mostly frozen ice. Strong west wind on the ridges. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

The only issue I observed today is the wind loading from the strong west winds. These were quite sensitive. 

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

Super large cornices on the ridges, it is difficult to tell where the earth ends and the snow starts. 

Comments: 

Photo of sensitive wind slab cracking and breaking near a ridge upon approach. 

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

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