11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
4/6/2017
Observer Name: 
P Diegel, E Caplis
Location Name or Route: 
Hayden pass, Bald Mtn pass,Mt Watson and several peaks to the W
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Morning clouds lead to slow warming, lots of radiation in the afternoon. Air temp & wind stayed cool
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Wide range of conditions - windboard and dense cold snow N facing and higher elevations, E and S faces slow to warm in the am but all but N became quite wet late in the day from about 10,500 ft down.  Upper elevation sunny slopes stayed firm.  No real corn, more like the top 5 inches just got wet, sloppy and unsupportable  Not enough melt/freeze yet for corn.  Very minor rollerball activity.  Signs of natural activity from about last weekend, mainly cornice falls, not major or widespread but enough to take a person or machine into places they ought not go.  Cornices remain massive and hostile-looking, in some cases on both sides of ridglines. These are going to fail spectacularly and it would be bad to be within striking range when that happens.  Skiing and riding conditions were generally challenging but sightseeing was all-time. No collapsing, cracking, or recent activity was seen.  The refreeze from the night before was solid. There is still snow available for transport at the highest elevations and isolated wind slabs at the highest elevations should not be ruled out

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