11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
12/29/2017
Observer Name: 
S. Zimmerman-Wall
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Willow Fork/Will's Hill
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Clear and cool to start at 730am with increasing clouds and wind throughout morning. Warm in the sun out of the wind. Above 9500', moderate winds were moving snow across many West/Southwest slopes and small snow cyclones were visible at times along ridges.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
South had a thin melt freeze crust from yesterday. The remaining aspects sported faceted surfaces with some wind texture. Skiing on the west and north was quite enjoyable where there was good coverage.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
As noted by the collapsing and poor structure, this is still present in our minds. Avoided any slopes of consequence and stuck to broad low angle terrain and ridgelines. Expect wind slabs to be forming in the higher terrain, but our group did not observe any during the tour.
Photos Below: 1. Wind saltation on Will's Hill 2. West Monitor Bowl with wind effect and wildlife tracks on slope 3. Bushwacking up the South face of Main Willow 4. Surface Hoar Feathers
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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