11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/26/2017
Observer Name: 
John Mletschnig
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Silver Spoons
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Anywhere where there is old faceted snow underlaying the new snow from over the past week there is a persistent problem.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

From a distance we observed a small amount of snow swirling off ridges above 10k.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
9400
Slope Angle: 
28
Comments: 

A defined weakness was found on the old snow interface with the snow from last Wednesday; hardness step from 4F slab above back to F in 2mm facets below. ECTP3 (Sudden Collapse). Another planar shear was also observed within last weeks snow 8cm above the old facets and failed at the same time as the prominent layer below- Not certain what this failure layer was- possibly small buried surface hoar.

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