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Observation Date: 
03/7/2017
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Pahavants - Maple Hollow
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Some wind above 8,500, some loading and transport above 9,000'.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Rain-Rime Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Mixed bag in my travels from 6,700' to 9,100.  Wind exposed areas were scoured and loaded.  Many of the cornices I dropped yesterday were reformed.  Yesterdays skin track was blown in or away.

Still finding settled snow in wind protected areas ranging from settled powder to weakening snow over a crust.

Low elevation areas are damp and/or crusty depending on exposure.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Rapid Warming
Red Flags Comments: 
I walked through a lot of wind loaded areas today without any reaction or red flags in wind slabs. Only some limited minor, non-shooting cracks. Low elevation areas got warm enough to be of concern on solar aspects.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Although I did not see any real red flags I still adjusted my route to avoid steep wind loaded areas and did not follow my normal route.

Moderate hazard below 9,000', I would imagine more loading occurred at higher elevations.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wet Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

Wet slabs will be a possibility with increasing temps.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
9000
Slope Angle: 
25
Comments: 

22" of snow above the rain crust.  ECTP 5, Q3 5" below the surface, this is a wind slab in the upper snow pack. Glove is sitting on failure surface, decomposing storm particles

Photo below:

ECTN at 8,500' same aspect.  Column broke apart.

Photo below:  Mixed travel conditions, easy trail breaking.  Last weeks skin track visible in photo, this was a trench last week.  8,200' NW aspect on a ridge.

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