11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/22/2017
Observer Name: 
Jamie Bernstein
Location Name or Route: 
Powder Mountain
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
South
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Over the course of an hour (1200 to 1300) the cloud cover grew from 20% to 60% with low, dark clouds rolling in from the south. Also in that hour, the wind shifted from the west to the south, and the scoured northerly slopes finally started to load from the wind. These are the slopes with the concerning glacial crust covered in a layer of facets.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
6"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Settlement cones are present in all sheltered locations as yesterday's 8" of 3-4% blower has settled into about 6".  Sheltered, low angle, grassy, north facing slopes offer great riding, but anything near the ridgeline has gotten hammered by the wind.  Height of snow varied from 50-70cm across the terrain we traveled from 8000 to 8800 feet.

I don't expect to see any real avalanche hazard in the Powder Mountain area until the northerlies are loaded by this next storm and accompanying wind.  The facet capped crust will make a slick bed surface when we see a cohesive slab on top.

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

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