11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/29/2017
Observer Name: 
Lees, Gagne, Pollick
Location Name or Route: 
Ogden area mountains
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Moderate winds along ridge lines, completely sheltered off ridge lines.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Soft, dry snow on sheltered, shady slopes.  Surface snow is faceting.  Some 1 finger hard wind drifts.  Snow was punchy in places, either from wind or from end of the storm denser snow.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
8500
Slope Angle: 
35
Comments: 

Looked at northwesterly facing terrain, from about 8500' down to 8,000'.  Checked out a crown from a slide triggered on Dec 25th.  Profile above.  The slide had also sympathetically triggered another descent sized slide.  We looked at the crown in two different places, and got two different ECT results - ECTP33  and ECTP15 - about 150' apart.  This shows why never to use a single pit to make GO travel decisions, only for NO GO.

Some portions of the smooth bed surface had a thin layer of faceted snow on top.  

With recent avalanches, collapsing and poor snow pack structure, at several decision points we made conservative decisions, to avoid steep terrain and travel below steep slopes.  A few extra minutes going up and around, an extra 10 minutes of skinning...equals no stress. 

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

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