11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/4/2017
Observer Name: 
kory
Location Name or Route: 
monte
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Weather Comments: 
Ligth snowfall with a touch of sun.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Good riding at monte.  The road is covered enough to get up high were there is enough snow to make a couple turns.  There was up to 20" in wind drifed areas. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
New Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

I was surprised how well the new snow was starting to settle into the old now.  Even at upper elevations on north aspects the new snow was bonding.  No slab yet on weak layer to get snowpit test results.  This may not ever occur with this storm because of how high and dry we are about to get.  I imagine this 14" will just facet through with clear cold nights.  

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

I was suprised how little winslab action there was up monte in the usual spots.  There was a little in the saddle by the power line where snow always drifts but was unable to trigger an avalanche.

Comments: 

You are able to accsess high terrain on the road now.  You do hit pavement off and on untill you get to the drybread turn off than the road has enough snow that you dont drag skis.  I wouldnt go bang up the new sleds but it was a great way to test a rebuild from the summer.

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

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