11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
4/5/2017
Observer Name: 
C Brown
Location Name or Route: 
Timpanogos South
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
East
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Stayed mostly clear over the Timpanogos massif with a few high clouds, seemed to be a high cloud bank sitting over much of the central wasatch. In the morning (before 10am), noticed a light east wind once entering the upper Timp basin above Primrose. Upon dropping in around 1130 there seeme to be a light NW wind. Tempatures warmed up quickly compared to what we saw yesterday.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Quite a bit of bad snow out there.  The north's held very little soft powder snow, quite a bit of wind crusted/shallow wind slabs, varying forms of MF crusts and sun crusts on E-S-W.  Some were supportable, much of the snow traveled over that was not bed surface seemed unsupportable.  Snow on the SE and S seemed to have a supportable surface, with good refreezes down low, and powder/corn and corn at upper and mid elevations.  Snow on the East ridge of Timp and the exit seemed to be perfectly softened top to bottom while skiing between 1130-1230

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wet Snow
Problem #1 Comments: 

With warming and direct sun loose wet seems to be the main concern.  Watch your timing and aspects.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

Did not see any of these reactive, but there are some fairly shallow wind slabs that, although stubborn, could potentially release.

Comments: 

Two pictures of the loose dry pouring out of N NE gully. Two pictures of glide/wet slab on south face in Cascade Cirque.  Sorry, I can't get them to orient correctly.

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