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Observation Date: 
12/22/2017
Observer Name: 
Weston/BCI
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Gold Hill
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Ridge top winds were strong and could be seen in the valleys.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments: 
Fresh snow getting blown off tree branches at mid elevations. Wind scouring at upper elevations.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

While we didn't see or experience any cracking, collapse or other tell tale signs of wind slabs, the wind was really cooking today.  The higher we went the stronger it got. Seemed to me like ridge top winds were sublimating the snow while down lower in the trees a slab hadn't been formed- yet.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Problem #2 Comments: 

Complex snowpack, crusts, facets, more crusts. Many interfaces with poor structure all around. 

Comments: 

Note the winds ripping on the horizon. Rock on windward side. We looked at a similar ridge and all that was on the leeward side was a super stiff slab.  Its my opinion that that siff old slab was from previous events and the low density snow we got recently was sublimated. 

Video below from the top of Double Hill showing winds transporting snow.

Video: 

NW facing had 95cm of snow, SW had 45cm of snow.  NW penetration of my foot was mid thigh, SW penetration of my foot was mid shin. Lots of snow available for transport.

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