Observation: Smith-Moorehouse

Observation Date
01/4/2018
Observer Name
jg

Region:

Location Name or Route
Weber Canyon/Smith and Morehouse/Erickson Basin
Weather
Sky
Scattered
Weather Comments
Temps in the 20's to mid 30's. No wind.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Faceted Loose
Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
9200
Comments

Traveled in the Smith and Morehouse area from 7400ft-9200ft. Very shallow snowpack in the area traveled with 2 feet or less of snow on the ground. In general, the newest snow from the two storms just before Christmas is faceting and becoming weaker and less cohesive. It's sitting on a variety of facets and crusts, depending on aspect. The basal snow on the ground is  2 inches of  frozen, knife hard snow. Above that are different layers af large grain facets and a couple of crust layers. Facet sluffs on steep slopes running until the slope angle slackened. Very weak, shallow snowpack in this area and not a good setup for when we finally get the addition of some water weight. Biggest hazard today were rocks, logs, and stumps with the avalanche hazard being moderate to low. 

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