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Observation Date: 
12/28/2017
Observer Name: 
Mike DiBiasio & Mike Flynn
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Big Water Peak & Soldier Peak
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Wind was undetectable to us until around 11a.m. when we noticed some gusting from the west on the saddle between Big Water and Soldier Peaks.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
2'
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Snow on the saddle was about 2' deep. The top 12" were dense. The bottom 12" were completely faceted and loose (see photo below). Our ECT failed on isolation.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Whoomphing was observed twice on the saddles between Soldier and Big Water Peaks. Whoomphing was also observed multiple times on our exit through Butler Fork along creek beds and hillsides along the summer trail. We observed a small, old slide on the hillside along the summer trail near the trailhead (see photo).
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
8900
Slope Angle: 
30
Comments: 
Snow profile photo shows the cohesive 12" layer on top of 12" of facets that we dug out with our hands. Bottom photo shows the small slide along the Butler Fork trail.
Observer email: 
mdibiasio@mcgillisschool.org
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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