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Observation Date: 
12/10/2017
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Pahvants - Copleys and Mountain Sheep Canyons
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Warm Day up high, inversion is setting in.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Faceted Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Surface facets, photos below.  Also we may need to add dirt to the list.

Red Flags
Red Flags Comments: 
Red flags are future. I went to this area to get a look into upper Copleys and Mountain Sheep Canyons. Norths are covered in a thin layer of snow which is capped with facets and feathers. Snow in may areas seems to be composed of a Styrofoam like agglomeration of facets. Once again I was pondering just how much snow is required to: 1. Initiate a collapse, 2. Propagate the collapse, and 3. Form a bed surface among all the brush and trees which may form anchors. I am not sure of the answers.
Avalanche Problem #1
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

None at this time.

Comments: 

Photos below:

1.  Terrain, needs bit more snow.

2. Facets, NW aspect at 8,500'

3. Surface Hoar NW aspect. 8,500'

4.  Surface Hoar, NW aspect 8,000'

5. Feathers, 7.500'

Photo below:

Bare south aspects, at least this kid still gets to get out, he is genetically denied deep powder days.  The Elk are still in the upper elevations.

Still a waiting game, I do not like the current surface conditions.  On a positive note, I am not sure if there is enough snow in many of the starting zones to create a hazard but this remains to be seen.

The Tushers still look dry and the Brian head area is looking a bit whiter.

Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
None
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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