11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/3/2018
Observer Name: 
mark white
Location Name or Route: 
No Name Bowl
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Weather Comments: 
Warm with hardly any wind on the PC Ridgeline.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Dense loose settled powder on the treed W facing, faceted loose on the steep, protected N-NE facing, wind crust in wind exposed terrain, damp on the south end of the compass.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Comments: 

Decided it was time to go test some steeper N facing terrain, figured the slab should be breaking down by now with clear somewhat cold nights, warm days and a shallow snow-pack. In No Name bowl the slab has done more than just relax and break down a bit, it has transformed in to a completely faceted out snow pack except for a supportable hard crust at the ground interface. The faceting machine has been on full blast and the layered snow-pack of last week has become a pile of loose facets, you could get some long running facet sluffs by initiating them with ski cuts in the steeper terrain, the facets would flow down the slope like a river and gouge down to the crust. Not all slopes are like this, some of the more exposed slopes on the PC Ridgeline still have visible wind slabs and I wouldn't be surprised if you could get them to slide if you tried hard enough. The future doesn't look bright for No Name Bowl, it has a fairly hard bed surface and plenty of weak snow to create avalanches if we ever get another storm.

Photos: facets sluffs initiated with ski cuts and turns.

Low seems right for most terrain, Moderate in steep winded terrain on the N end of the compass.

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