11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/11/2017
Observer Name: 
Toby Weed
Location Name or Route: 
Hells Kitchen
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Found nice, fast, soft, recrystallized (or faceted) snow in sheltered shady terrain.  Solar warmth causing snow on south facing slopes to be moist and sloppy in the neat of the day and crusty when shaded.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

 Some potential for loose avalanches on very steep slopes.  Dry sluffs in the shade, moist sluffs in the sun.

Evidence of widespread natural avalanches in Hells Kitchen on steep north through east facing slopes at upper elevations from 12/3/17 mid storm cycle.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
8800
Slope Angle: 
34
Comments: 

Large, beautiful surface hoar feathers adorned the snow surface at lower elevations in Franklin Basin and in the Hells Kitchen canyon bottom.  

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

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