11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/14/2017
Observer Name: 
Hardesty, O'Connor
Location Name or Route: 
Alta Periphery
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Gusts into the 20s; moving the 1" of new that fell overnight.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
1"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Rain-Rime Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

(Almost) all conditions out there.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Video: 

Went to look at east and west facing today.  West held stout crusts.  East at the higher elevation here looked similar to north facing.  

Weaknesses noted:

  • Recent likely diurnal faceted snow now buried a few cms beneath last night's inch of new and a thin wind skin.  
  • Considered facets above the Thanksgiving crust but found a good bond.
  • Facets beneath the crust and for the next 10-15cm below remains the significant weak layer.  
  • Have little doubt things will flush to or just above the ground with any significant storm.  

The road to nowhere

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