Observation: Snowbasin Backcountry

Observation Date
12/10/2017
Observer Name
Doug Wewer

Region:

Location Name or Route
Ogden Mountains
Weather
Sky
Clear
Weather Comments
The inversion continues. Single digits in the Ogden Valley at night is creating large surface hoar feathers On nights that the fog forms, trees are coated in frost each morning.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

I revisited the general area along the Snowbasin boundary where I dug a pit last weekend just prior to the 12" storm.  It is a steep, NE aspect near 9000'.  The main thing that stood out to me is the continued weakening and faceting of the mid-pack snow between and above the M/F and rain crusts.  The facets felt much larger and looser than what I remember seeing last week. The surface snow in upper exposed areas is a mix of supportable and breakable wind slab and NSF. 

Surface hoar and very thin snowpack present at lower elevations of the Ogden Mountains. 

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