11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
3/6/2017
Observer Name: 
kory
Location Name or Route: 
Snowbasin Backcountry
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Yeah I am putting strong today. It was cold and windy. Almost getting knocked over by wind on high ridges.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
10"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Ok riding conditions.  In some areas the new snow had all blown away.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

I was able to pop out a couple of very small pockets in the 50x50' size.  These were D1.5 at most and up to 2' deep.  Not really a ton of wind slab characteristics on the high ridges mainly at mid elevation SE aspects.  

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

No storm slab to speak of today with the new snow not being well connected to due to so much wind striping.  

Comments: 

Honestly not much to note today for avalanche conditions.  I would guess that on more open ridges with big fetches and deposit zones you might have seen more wind slab formation but on the North end of Snowbasin I was unable to find much.  On and off snowfall tonight into tomorrow really leaves not much for storm slab.  I expect most of the hazard to be in wind effected areas.   These were very easy to spot today.  Not in the usual places though so that could catch people off guard.

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

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