Observation: Uintas

Observation Date
12/19/2017
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin

Region:

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