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Observation Date: 
12/30/2017
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Bald Mt. Murdock Peak
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Mild start to the day, overcast skies and moderate southwest winds.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Soft settled snow conditions making for fairly decent riding and turning, although still quite shallow snow cover.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Weak persistent snow pack is still the main concern, although my stability tests were showing a slight increase the the snow pack adjusting and gaining some strength. But too early to trust this tricky and complex snow set up.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
The weak sugary snow pack is still a big concern and will take some time to heal and adjust.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Moderate and gusty southwest winds today were finding enough snow to blow around and create some fresh shallow wind slabs and mainly on north facing slopes.
Comments: 
The upper elevation terrain around Hayden and Bald Mt. Pass is still quite thin and rocky for the end of December. Third photo is of the south side of Bald Mt. and pretty amazing you can still notice the summer trail.
A little deeper snow pack around the Bald Mt. area, up to three feet in depth, but still weak, sugary and a considerable avalanche hazard.
Observer email: 
tscroggin@allwest.net
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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