Observation: Whitney Basin

Observation Date
02/26/2017
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin

Region:

Location Name or Route
Whitney Basin
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Sunny and clear this morning, but still quite cold. High clouds and light southwest winds picked~up early this afternoon, with some minor wind drifting.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
2"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
Looks like maybe just a couple of inches overnight topping off an amazing 30" of new snow that fell on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Some of the more wind exposed terrain does have some stiff dense wind affected snow, but generally there is great powder riding and turning on most slopes. Everytime I go out into the field, I'm just amazed how white and deep the Uintas are!
Red Flags
Red Flags Comments
No red flags observed and the new snow has settled out nicely, the winds were beginning to pick up early this afternoon with minor wind drifting. The avalanche hazard looks like it will be on the rise with another good looking storm for the start of the week.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
Yesterday's on again off again snow showers and gusty winds created some isolated shallow and manageable soft wind slabs just off the ridge lines.
Comments
Some great over the hood powder and deep trench riding today.
Noticed some wind textured snow on the north side of Moffit Peak and you can usually find some place where the wind blows in the Uintas.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates