11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
03/2/2017
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Mill Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Beautiful day out in the Uintas with very lights winds, cool temperatures and great snow conditions.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
That time of year where it is relatively easy to get around on sleds with a good supportable base and the coverage is great. Recent winds have created some stiffer snow conditions, but generally outside of the more wind exposed terrain the snow is nice dense settled powder. No wet activity at this elevation and location.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Isolated to the wind exposed ridge lines and mainly on northwest through east facing slopes, a few wind slabs are still around, but appear to be settling out with the warming temperatures and lack of wind.
Comments: 
1. Traveling around the Mill Creek Drainage, it has been awhile since the place looked this white and filled in! 2. The strong gusty winds early in the week created some sensitive wind slabs and a few of these released naturally and piled up some decent debris piles.
Here in Cataract Basin, it looks like these oversized cornices needed to shed a few layers and triggered some shallow surface snow slides and traveled a good distance down the slope.
Some minor cracking in a few wind slabs, but these lacked energy and not real connected to bigger pieces of snow.
There should be some great spring adventures in the High Uintas with such a deep snowpack.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Low
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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