Observation: Whitney Basin

Observation Date
04/22/2017
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin

Region:

Location Name or Route
Whitney Basin
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
Southeast
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Stellar day out in the Uintas with clear skies, fresh snow and great riding and turning. There were a number of people out today with roughly twenty vehicles parked up and down the Mirror Lake Hwy.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
8"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
Cold dry snow early this morning with about 8" from the Thursday and Friday storm. South and east facing slopes were getting damp and unstable with minor wet loose sluffs around mid morning. The high north facing terrain had nice cold fresh snow that rode great into the afternoon. Not too warm today, so conditions did not get out of hand with wet issues.
Red Flags
Red Flags Comments
No noteable red flags other than the warm up and new snow getting it's first hit of direct sun.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
Very minor wet issues in our travels, a few natural point release wet sluffs on east through south facing slopes, but not getting out of hand.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments
Really not much in the way of reactive wind drifts, very minor cracking of shallow wind drifting snow along the high ridge lines.
Comments
1. Spring time riding, following the snow line as it moves up the highway. 2. Nice early morning riding with about 8" of fresh medium density snow in the Whitney Basin.
East through south facing slopes had minor natural wet loose sluffs. A slight southeast breeze kept the wet activity to a minimum.
On the high north facing slopes, it stayed cool with the frosted trees and very nice cold powder like snow.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates