11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/23/2017
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Location Name or Route: 
Pahvant Foothills - Chalk Creek Road
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Wind Direction: 
South
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Warm windy day, a few flakes, not enough to say it snowed.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Snow on most aspects is damp.  Some areas of dry snow remain.  Snow is settling out quickly. Areas where I saw 22" on Thursday are down to about 18", still a wallow off trail, mainly above 6,000'.  The elk hound was denied much off trail time in this area, still over his head.  Below about 5,500 things are settling out to about 8-10".

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Rapid Warming
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Most of the hazard would be wet slabs and loose wet snow.

Low to moderate hazard on steep slopes.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
New Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

I would still expect that the potential for slabs avalanches exists up high in very limited areas.  This is likely settling out a bit.  The Pine Creek snotel has settled out to 27" and temperatures hit freezing today.

 

Comments: 

Photos below:

1. Wet snow point release, north facing at 6,000'.

2. Elkhound being denied off trail time.

 

The snow in the west side central Pahvants is settling out to a good base if we could get more.  The east side of the range is dry and received almost no snow.

Pilgrims are starting to make forays up the Chalk Creek road and getting denied not that far from the bottom.

Saying a moderate hazard due to the warm temps down low and underlaying facets in limited areas up high.

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