11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
3/25/2017
Observer Name: 
Reed Kennard
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
The Dark Side into Horse Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
South
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
It was an overcast day up in the mountain with temps in the upper 20's around 11,000 feet and moderate winds gusting out of the south.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

We found the full range of winter conditions today on our tour into Horse Creek today.  Most exposed areas we encountered had been affected by the strong winds during the last storm.  We did encounter some small pockets of soft dry snow in extremely sheltered areas, but they were few and far between.  Our descent down the dark side had some soft damp snow that skied fairly well.  From the bottom of the Dark side we headed up Horse Creek and towards the northwest face of Laurel Peak.  We skinned as far as we could and then booted up till the snow started to thin out.  We found a mix of stubborn shallow  wind slabs and firm spring conditions.  We were able to ski all the way out of Horse Creek but we did have to dodge some exposed grassy sections

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

We found some shallow wind slabs our tour today, but nothing appeared to be that willing to move.  

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same

Northwest Face of Laurel

Pre Laurel Peak

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