11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/29/2017
Observer Name: 
Mike DiBiasio, Brad Gannon, Jon Winiasz
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
10420
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Today felt noticeably warmer than yesterday. A westerly wind provided a respite from the balmy temps, but only on the highest ridges and top of 10420
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
18"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
The upper elevation, unshaded NE aspect we skied was grippy and damp by noon. The upper elevation, shaded NW aspect we skied was powder in the early afternoon, but there were still branches and logs poking out of the snow and lurking below the surface.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
9600
Slope Angle: 
20
Comments: 
We dug a pit near the start zone of Lane's Leap (NE, 9600ft). I would have uploaded the snow profile photo but it would only upload sideways, and it's the same snow profile we've been staring at for days anyway: 18" of cohesive new snow on top of a variety of alternating facets and crusts.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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