11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/5/2018
Observer Name: 
Weston Deutschlander
Location Name or Route: 
Gold Hill
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Cool in the morning, warm during the day. The diurnal cycle is taking its toll on the snowpack.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Faceted Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Massive temperature gradient in the first 10cm of snow.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Problem #1 Comments: 

Crusts are starting to break down with the gradient regime.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
9800
Slope Angle: 
18
Comments: 

Christmas storm took a bit of wind in pit location. 65cm HS. Crusts are starting to break down.  Basal facets still will clump together when squeezed but becoming less pronounced. Poor, poor structure. 

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