11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/1/2018
Observer Name: 
Brackelsberg / Caplis
Location Name or Route: 
Western Uintas Hoyt Peak
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
As forecasted, the wind picked up during the day. Areas in direct sun had wet surface snow by mid afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
18"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Faceted Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Wind sheltered slopes had good, square powder. Exposed ridge lines were either bare or wind packed.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Collapsing
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

See included video. The PST test appears to be across the slope, but the slope angle was very low (20 degrees) and the angle of the camera causes this to look like it is across the slope.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Southwest
Elevation: 
9700
Slope Angle: 
20
Comments: 

Results

We performed 2 Propagation Saw Tests (PST)

  • PST 35/100 Arr; down 35 cm; 5 lemons
  • PST 25/100 Arr; down 35 cm; 5 lemons

We performed 3 Extended Column Tests (ECT) 

  1. ECTP3 Q2; down 35 cm; 5 lemons
  2. ECTP8 Q2; down 35 cm; 5 lemons
  3. ​ECTP9 Q3; down 35 cm; 5 lemons
Video: 

We observed this very large natural crack on an east face around 9800'.

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

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