Observation: Central Bear River Range

Observation Date
02/27/2017
Observer Name
Weed, Pagnucco

Region:

Location Name or Route
Magog Meadows>White Pine Knob
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Direction
West
Wind Speed
Strong
Weather Comments
Full on stormy weather. Definately a goggle day
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
20"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Classic deep Utah Powder conditions.  Snow was a bit inverted especially at upper elevations where exposed to wind.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments

We observed significant drifting of the light snow from sustained strong west wind.  Triggered wind slab and cornice fall avalanches likely, naturals are possible.      

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Storm Slab
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments

Triggered soft slab and loose avalanches are certainly possible. The snow was a bit inverted, heavier on top.  We triggered cracking and localized collapses.  The weakness was on the interface between this morning's snow and yesterday's snow surface...  I couldn't see for sure today, but I did notice small grained faceted surface snow in the area yesterday.

 We observed a few fresh natural sluffs on very steep slopes involving new snow.

Video

We found fantastic powder riding...

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