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Observation Date: 
12/26/2017
Observer Name: 
Michael Janulaitis
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Hoyt Peak
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Storm Slab
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

The storm slab has bonded very well to the new snow old snow interface, however; a weak layer of small facets exists just below the new snow old snow interface.  My compression test failed CT15 SC Q1 on this layer about 25 cm below the surface.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Deep Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

Although the snowpack structure is very weak, my snowpack tests consistently collapse the snowpack with too much friction for the new snow to slide off the column. My biggest concern is a soft slab release on the facets just below the new snow old snow interface that will step down to just just above the 2 cm thick crust just above the ground.  

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
9800
Slope Angle: 
20

A small avalanche on a steep NW facing slope

Some long and wide cornice cracks

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