11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/25/2017
Observer Name: 
Hardesty
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Reynolds
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Recent two storm snow events heavier than last Wednesday night's few inches and as such the trailbreaking was inverted and punchy.  Wide boards recommended...though this should settle out in the next day or so.  

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Comments: 

See photo below.  Phone died so no photo.  By walking off the main track and beneath this "test slope', I was able to collapse and crack out a persistent slab avalanche that collapsed and then only moved a few inches due to the slope angle.  The crack/crown along the top was plain and ran 40' across.  Aspect NE, elevation 8240'.  Collapsing in facets noted along the route from 7800' to Reynolds Summit.  

Noted another natural slab avalanche 7400' north facing just west of Argenta Chutes, likely 10" deep 10' wide.  

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