11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/25/2017
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Region: 
Southwest
Location Name or Route: 
Pahvants - Copleys Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Warm Day with a light breeze.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Snow pack consolidation has not changed since yesterday.  Some aspects have a light proto-corn surface that can be felt a bit while skiing, not supportable but a bit more than a zipper crust.  Damp snow in sun exposed areas.  Lower portions of the Chalk Creek Road where frozen solid this morning.

HS is approx 14" in most areas not sun affected.  Rollerballs on steep aspects all around the compass in the low and mid elevation areas I traveled through today.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Normal caution for an extremely thin snow pack.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
6400
Comments: 

HS is approx. 14" in this area.  I went here to look at potential exits if we get more snow and also to look at the snow pack in a slightly more interior canyon.  Things seem consistent with the west front of the Pahvants.

Photos below:

1.  Road conditions at approx 5.800', yesterdays' end of the line for pilgrims, they made it about a 1/2 mile further today and took some effort to unstick a full-size pickup (not me....).

2. Rollerballs on a north aspect.

3. Roller donut on a north aspect.

Low and mid-elevation snow has consolidated into a decent base in the event that we get more snow.  Still a bit soft and thick for good low angle skiing.

I would say low danger with the caveat that moderate is possible on the upper elevation norths.

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