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Observation Date: 
12/19/2017
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Gold Hill
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Nice sunny day, light southwest winds along the ridgelines and generally pleasant conditions.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Despite the long stretch of mild weather and lack of snow, the snow conditions were quite decent. Getting around on sleds was not too difficult given the shallow snow pack.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
No change in the snow pack and will wait and see what the upcoming storms might do to change conditions.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Mostly a low avalanche danger and I did not observe any signs of unstable snow.
Comments: 
Over the weekend riders were able to get into some steeper terrain in the Gold Hill Basin.
Once it does start snowing, these areas that have avalanched earlier in the season will be likely places for avalanches to happen again. The snow pack here is more shallow that surrounding places and will not be able to take much added weight.
Starting to see more snow bikes in the area and interesting to observe how they approach and ride in avalanche terrain.
Observer email: 
tscroggin@allwest.net
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Low
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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