11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
11/11/2017
Observer Name: 
Toby Weed
Location Name or Route: 
Cornice Ridge, Grandfather Cornice Area
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Nice weather, although perhaps a bit mild
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
1"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

 Snow blankets upper elevation slopes facing all directions, but it's fairly shallow (only one to two feet above 8200').  Early season conditions exist and hitting rocks or deadfall is a significant hazard. 

The snow is moderately supportable, more so on upper elevation slopes where sunny slopes are crusty and wind exposed slopes are scoured.  I found some pockets of nice re-crystallized powder in sheltered terrain, with sun and wind crusts, and isolated wind slabs up high. 

Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Isolated wind slab avalanches up to about 1' deep are unlikely but possible in very steep drifted upper elevation terrain.

Snow Profile
Elevation: 
9200
Slope Angle: 
22
Comments: 

At least it's white!  A look at the shallow snow cover in the Naomi Pk/Cornice Ridge Area 

Mt. Elmer and the southern sisters in the Mt. Naomi Wilderness as seen from the north.

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

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