11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
4/29/2017
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Location Name or Route: 
Pahvants - Mine Camp Peak
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Cold day for this time of year. Wind was sporadic. Drfits up to 12" deep.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
High
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

4" of mostly graupel sitting on a solid spring base.  Well bonded, no sluffing while skiing 40 degree plus slopes.

NW was still dry at 1 pm while due north was slightly affected by the sun.  Damp below 8,500'  

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

Always an issue this time of the year.  I think the dense snow helped, I saw no activity when I exited at 2 pm.

Moderate danger.

Comments: 

No profile, a consistent 4" above 8500'  much less lower.  I was able to skin from the car @8,200' this morning but had to do some walking on my return.

Photos below:

1.  Ice feathers, most surfaces were covered in these or massive rime.

2.  Parking lot, 4WD required with low range on the descent!

3. Terrain

4 End of season spragging....Much more pleasant than my 6,000' + run on breakable crust in the Sierras last week.

Low danger in areas of dry snow and moderate as it dampens.  Crux of the day was low elevation mud ruts made by bigger trucks.

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