11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/6/2017
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Whitney Basin-Double Hill
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Another morning with below zero temperatures, clear skies and light north winds kept the day fairly cool.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Clear nights have continued to weaken the surface snow, while the recent storm from the weekend has provided mostly low density powder snow. Some minor wind drifts along the high ridge lines.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
A weak and layered snow pack continues to be the conditions I was finding today in the Whitney Basin. Some of the weakest sugary snow was about in the middle of the snow pack. In my stability tests, I was not able to get any column of snow to propagate a fracture.
Comments: 
1. The safest riding to avoid rocks and stumps is still roads and grassy areas. 2. There have been some riders who have ventured off trail to find some deeper snow free of hazards.
The upper elevations are starting to fill in, but generally conditions are still early season and thin.
Mark digs his hand into some of the weaker snow we found in the Whitney area.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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