11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
3/18/2017
Observer Name: 
Reed Kennard
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
The Funnel
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
South
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
It was a spring like day up in the La Sal's with temps in the upper 40's at 9:00 in the Geyser Pass Parking lot. Skies were clear and winds were moderate out of the south.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Spring skiing is in full effect up in the mountains on most aspects.  There were 20 cars in the parking lot at 8:30 this morning.  North facing slopes are still in a transitional state, but good corn skiing can be found on all other aspects.  The warm temps and sunny skies we've had for the past week have done a number on south facing slopes, but for the most part there is still plenty of snow to slide around on, even if it doesn't look that way from town.  I skied the more southerly side of the funnel today at 11:30 and found great corn skiing on the majority of the line.  There were a few sections of scratchy, edgeable snow down in the choke where the sun was blocked by tall trees, but where the sun had hit the snow it was soft and creamy.  I talked to several folks in the parking lot who skied a more south facing "oven"  around the same time and said that it was getting mushy towards the bottom.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

The only sign of loose wet avalanches I saw was a small release near the cliffs in tele gold, and this could have been several days old.  I would still be cautious of slopes at the heat up during the day and if you notice pinwheels are boot top slush it's time to get out of harms way.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Cornice
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

There are still some large cornices sitting up on the ridge lines.  Keep a mindful eye these if you are traveling below or on top of them as the day heats up.  

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