11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/6/2018
Observer Name: 
Brackelsberg
Location Name or Route: 
Mineral Fork
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Rain
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
It felt like be transported to the PNW. Rain at the trailhead and up to 8500'. Heavy snow falling fro 8500' to 9500'.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Faceted Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Lower Mineral Fork slopes were mostly bare of snow. Mid elevations were a mixture of completely faceted snowpack and facets with a pencil hard crust with ~15cm of snow on top.

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

 Barrieto had slid (I assume naturally) almost full path and onto the summer road. Where it had slide there was a stout bed surface crust. Just a few meters away, the entire snowpack was faceted and fist hardness.

Comments: 

Where Baretto had slid was a very hard bed surface. Just a few meters away was completely faceted snowpack.

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