11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/26/2017
Observer Name: 
L. Dunn, J. Steenburgh
Location Name or Route: 
Cutler Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
A mild day, especially at the trailhead. Cloudy with gusty winds up higher.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
High
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Some wind damage to the snow up high, but it was generally dense settled powder and where there was enough of it, the skiing was pretty good.  But, there really isn't enough snow to ski on below 7500', meaning the first 2k of vertical from the trailhead is only doable for ascent and descent on the summer trail.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Collapsing
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
New Snow
Problem #1 Comments: 

We dug a pit at 8100', 330 degree aspect.  Total snow depth was 29".  The bottom 4" was very weak facets.  These facets were also present in hasty pits dug all the way up the skin track on all aspects except south.  Above the facets was a fairly uniform snowpack of fist hardness (not hard at all).  Multiple attempts to isolate a column failed as the entire column slid off the facets during the cutting.  Needless to say, the snowpack is very weak and unstable.  We skied only slopes less than 30 degrees without incident.

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