Observation: Cutler Ridge

Observation Date
03/23/2017
Observer Name
Pagnucco, Davis

Region:

Location Name or Route
Cutler Ridge
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction
North
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Wintery day with wet snow falling and little bit of wind.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
8"
New Snow Density
High
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

There was about 8" of high density snow at the weather station (8000'). Much less at lower elevations. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Red Flags Comments
Only red flag was the new snow. We could not really get much to move, only rollerballs. Need a very steep slope to get the new snow sliding as wet loose.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments

The old snow is very warm and damp so today's new snow was sticking to it like glue. I imagine you could get it to move but only on very steep slopes and with quite a bit of encouragement. Might become a bit more sensitive when the sun hits it tomorrow. 

Comments

Surprisingly decent turning conditions today. Snow was bouncy and "styrofoamy." Made the wet hike in worth it. With an early start tomorrow you might get some good turns though once the sun comes out and it warms up, it'll go off quickly and become a damp, gloppy mess. 

Photos:

1. Back to winter for a day - nice coating of snow and cooler temps.
2. As of 1pm, about 8" of high density new snow had fallen at 8000'.
3. The old snow surface had quite a bit of dirt on it. You can easily see the brown snow at the new/old interface. 
4. As per usual on Thursday's, it was quite weathery in the Ogden zone.
5. Even with skin wax, Kory was hauling a few extra pounds of sticky, wet snow uphill. 

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