11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/23/2017
Observer Name: 
Jim M
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Silver Fork / Meadow Chutes
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Moderate snowfall with moderate to strong winds. Cold temps...Looked at a thermometer and it read something teen. Knowing it'd be windy, I chose Meadows as it tends to be more sheltered from NW & SW winds. Today was the exception to that rule. Winds howling enough on the ridge to call it a day.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
12" at the trailhead, increasing to around15" in protected areas up near the ridge. That said, not many areas protected from the wind up high.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
New Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Not an issue where we were today as slope angles and/or plenty of anchors made it impossible for storm slab to get moving. I imagine in places where there is old snow, no anchors and the right pitch, it'd be easy to get things going. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a natural avi cycle late afternoon & overnight in places. I put same for the trend but a night of settling should lessen how reactive the storm slab was. That said, I wouldn't trust it anywhere over 32 degrees with old snow.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Winds were nuking enough to definitely affect the snow up high, although didn't encounter any wind slabs. Where we hit the ridge was sheltered enough. I'm sure there were plenty off any wind exposed ridges.
Comments: 
Nice to see a descent amount of snow (at least for BCC) but the biggest problem today was still coverage. We stuck to slopes wth enough south in them that bottom feeding was an issue. Then there was the exit from hell through unskiable sage and lumber. Photos are of cracking and stress web cracking on our up.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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