11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/2/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Whitney Basin-Moffit Peak
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Nice cool morning after a beautiful "Super Moon" last night. Mostly calm winds and some tired snow conditions in the Whitney area.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Settled powder snow in the sheltered areas, melt freeze crusts on the sunny slopes and some hard old tired wind slabs in exposed terrain. Riding feels like it is getting less supportive and more like being in the sandbox. A shallow snow pack and clear cold nights are beginning to break down some of the supportability.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Some areas feel like they are slowly gaining some strength, but other places still feel and show unstable snow conditions. The weak sugary snow below the x-mas storm slab and around crusts are still a red flag.
Comments: 
First photo: Some snow pits continue to show unstable snow where an isolated column breaks below the x-mas slab into weak sugary snow. Second photo: The riding in the meadows and low angle terrain is not too bad, despite generally shallow snow. Third photo: A few old tired wind slabs are around if a person goes looking for them, breaking into the weak sugary snow below.
Threw in some pictures of the avalanche cycle that happened during the holiday break. The Double Hill area was quite active with both naturals and human triggered slides. Big Al first spotted this large avalanche on the south end of Double Hill. I was able to get a quick look at the east side of Moffit Peak where lots of debris piled up below some of the avalanche paths.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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