11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/1/2018
Observer Name: 
Trenbeath, Hardesty, Wilson
Location Name or Route: 
Butler East to Wilson Fork
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Unseasonably warm, sunny day in the mountains with light, westerly ridgetop winds.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Classic mixed bag of old, tired snow with melt freeze crusts and damp snow on sun exposed slopes, wind affected snow on exposed northerly aspects, and settled dense loose and near surface facets forming on sheltered northerly aspects.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

The overall poor snowpack structure, and isolated ECT results indicate that we are not out of the woods completely, and that the danger for triggering a persistent slab avalanche still exists, primarily on upper elevation NW-N-E slopes stepper than about 35 degrees. 

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