11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/26/2017
Observer Name: 
kory and Shmucks
Location Name or Route: 
Cutler Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Winds in the 20/30 range on the ridge tops. This is mainly in exposed areas. Off the main Ben Lomond shoulder winds were terrain drivin.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

No new snow overnight.  Wind had moved around a lot of snow though.

Went and skied at Snowbasin later in the day with kids and most sunny aspects had a melt freeze crust forming.

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

Very easy to trigger on test slopes up to 20" deep.  Still a very soft slab but these were very obvious where they had formed.  These were upper mid elevation on E-N aspects.  At upper elevation exposed areas (Shoulder) these were very stubborn and impossible to get to move.  With new snow over night it may be difficult to recognize these hidden jems tomorrow.  They could also be 4-6in deeper just with the new snow.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
New Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

Depending on how heavy the new snow comes in I think we could see a decent Storm snow cycle here in Ogden.   In protected areas the snow surface is still just fluff from the snow that fell on Saturday.

Comments: 

Very easy to trigger wind slabs.  Not much else notable today.  Did notice a little warming of new snow on solar aspects but did not get hot enough.  

Considerable for NE Aspects at upper elevation.  The rest seems ok right now unless we get more new snow than expected and at higher densities than expected.

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