11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
Ad
Observation Date: 
12/15/2017
Observer Name: 
mark white
Location Name or Route: 
Cardiac Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Warm with a breeze blowing from the SW.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Comments: 

I haven't been on the E facing sunny slopes in a while and wanted to have a look at them. Travel on the N facing shady slopes on the headwall of Cardiff Fork has become a battle with slippery facets and a unsupportable snow pack, the layering is disappearing into a pile of depth hoar and rotten facets. The snow on the E facing on Cardiac Ridge is not fairing much better, the granulated sugar is shallower, and has varying degrees of wind slab  capping it off mid-slope and above. E,N and W aspects with snow on them are all extremely, weak and are not likely to hold much of a load, if we ever get one. Backcountry travel is getting tough with the S facing melted out to dirt and many hazards on slopes with snow, the hiking to turning ratio is a bit lop-sided

Video: wind hammered Cardiac Ridge, and the faceted snow that makes up our snow pack this year.

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

Support the Avalanche Center through your purchases

Discount lift tickets
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the UAC when you purchase your next lift tickets.
Lift tickets available in November
Need new gear?
Make your next purchase from our Affiliate Partners and the UAC will receive a portion of the sales.
Shop
Sign up for our newsletters, emails and daily forecasts to stay up to date.
Subscribe