11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/29/2017
Observer Name: 
mark white
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Cardiff Fork
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Unseasonably warm with clear skies and moderate wind speeds out of the west.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Various snow surface conditions depending on location Wind crust in most of the upper elevations of Cardiac, W-NW facing is especially wind hammered, settled powder on the N,E and NE in wind protected terrain and down lower in the drainage, damp on the S end of the compass and at lower elevations.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Comments: 

Went to take a look at Cardiac and Cardiff Fork since I haven't visited it since the storms from last weekend. Started at the Alta Guard station and skied out into BCC at the end of the day. We decided to use the old avalanche bed surface just east of Pole Line Pass as an entry into Cardiff Fork, not wanting to test the waters on the steep N facing entries yet, I was also wondering what the 4 day old bed surface was looking like for future loads. I checked out the bed surface of the Reynolds Peak slide yesterday it was still firm and not faceted, the bed surface of the Cardiff slide was 5 to 6 inches of completely rotten loose faceted snow with no cohesion and seems doomed to be a repeater if we ever get another storm. We proceeded down canyon to Ivory Flakes avoiding upper Cardiac completely. I did note a slide I haven't heard about on the sub-ridge just across from Holy Toledo looked to happen in the last couple days. Skiing down the low angle from Holy Toledo to the mine we experience several collapses and noted many smaller avalanches that occurred earlier in the week. We proceeded to hike up Ivory to the bench below the rock slabs, getting loud collapses and cracking on the upper portion where we were breaking trail. Repeated cracking and collapsing 5 days after a storm is not a good indicator of things stabilizing rapidly, it's basically the opposite. Skiing out on a SE facing slope at the bottom of Ivory we were getting roller-balls in the saturated snow.

Photos: The faceted loose snow that comprises the bed surface of the Cardiff Pass slide, avalanche off the sub-ridge, cracking while hiking up Ivory, old slides on the rock slabs.

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