11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
3/3/2017
Observer Name: 
Darce Trotter / Steve Cote
Location Name or Route: 
South Willow Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Things really warmed up today, even more than yesterday, but sun angle is still cutting us a little slack even though it is March, we stuck to N facing area 10,000' interspersed with large firs, way warm in the sun, rollers observed on south facing slopes across canyon from us, breakable crust in flats had softened to turnable late afternoon on exit.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

still able to find excellent settled snow on N facing sheltered slopes, faceting apparent, and some areas of large surface hoar although not widespread, did make for some loud powder turns today.  Heat is getting to sun exposed flats, W/S/E slopes and forming crusts.  We continue to enjoy a stable snowpack, and concerns shift to faceted snow on surface, ahead of next storm when it comes 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Cornice
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Cornices in places we have never seen them before, some very big, and while starting to get old now, still not to be trusted 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

heating on new snow did promote some rollers and even small wet slides south facing steep slopes, with continued heating, would expect that to continue, but easily managed by getting off or from underneath before max heating for the day.  

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Slope Angle: 
35
Comments: 

see video 

Video: 

recent activity during last storm in very steep rock terrain, that likely sluffs a lot of snow anyway, but crowns apparent

Wind damage on shoulder

 terrain we got into today

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

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