11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
4/13/2017
Observer Name: 
Pagnucco, Davis
Location Name or Route: 
Snowbasin Backcountry
Weather
Wind Direction: 
South
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Decided to do a short hike in the wind zone. Yes, it was windy. No snow transport though.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

A variety of surface conditions today but anything touched by direct sun was wet. Due north had pockets of less wet snow. 

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

Observed rollerballs and pinwheels as well as loose wet sluffs on east and south facing slopes at upper elevations.

Comments: 

Conditions were spring like with heavy wet surface snow. Some areas of corn but need a good melt-freeze cycle to shore things up. 

1. Loose wet slide 2. Skin spaghetti after transitioning in the wind zone 3. What happens when you break your binding at the top of the windy, needless cirque. 

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