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Observation Date: 
12/13/2017
Observer Name: 
Evelyn
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Point Supreme/Dry Fork
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Hazy and/or smoky?
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Still some soft, faceted snow on northerlies, but many slopes are heavily tracked and age-hardened.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Southeast
Elevation: 
10500
Slope Angle: 
30
Comments: 

Most of the focus has been on the weak, faceted snow pack on the shady slopes.  These are the slopes that will be most dangerous once it snows.

But I figured it was worth a quick look at the other "white" slopes - those sunny slopes still holding snow. This southeast facing, upper elevation slope has a very shallow snow pack - maybe averaging 8 to 12" deep - but deep enough to connect across small ground features.  It's capped with a hard, smooth ice layer.  I expect once it snows, the new snow will bond poorly to these icy crusts, and the snow will sluff and slide readily.  Avalanches will run fast on these crusted slopes, and entrain snow as they move down slope.

 

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