11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/27/2017
Observer Name: 
Weed, Pagnucco
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 Drifted Snow
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: 
New Snow
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: 
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