11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
3/29/2017
Observer Name: 
Pagnucco, Weed
Location Name or Route: 
Gibson Canyon, Wellsvilles
Weather
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Stellar spring day with cool morning temps and gradual warming. Left by 1pm.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Good corn conditions but done by 1pm due to warmth and evidence of rising instability. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wet Snow
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Cornice
Comments: 

Good overall stability until about 1pm when direct sun and heating took hold. 

We wanted to check out the remnants of a very large and destructive avalanche from 1/11/17. Though much has melted, the debris area is massive and there are snapped trees on both flanks and rocks, dirt and broken trees embedded in the debris pile. Acres and acres of mature maples were flattened. The pictures hardly do it justice. This was one of many paths that ran during that cycle including the massive Mitton Peak avalanche a few miles to the south in the range. 

 

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