11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/6/2018
Observer Name: 
WPT AIARE 1
Location Name or Route: 
Park City Ridgeline
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Weather Comments: 
Started day around 11:00 with S~1, OVC, calm wind. Ended day 15:30 with S1, X, calm winds. Felt temp drop in PM.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
2"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Damp new snow, medium to high density.  Glooping on skis/skins.  Snowline seemed at or below 8,500'  Mixed bag of old snow surface.  HN 1-3 cm.  Old snow weak and faceted.  Shallow in most areas, at most HS 50-60 cm @ 8,800', still observing small pockets of remaining Christmas slab.  Faceted top to bottom in most areas.

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

This was the only problem observed in our limited travels today in the 8,500'-8,800' range.  The snowpack has not faceted everywhere, the Christmas slab remains in small isolated pockets.  This slab can be seen in snowpit profile and test results below.  I would think this problem is going to remain the same with the slowly weakening slab slowed even more by little insulation from new snow, and/or new slab formation with additional snow.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
8800
Slope Angle: 
23
Comments: 

Limited terrain observed today.

Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
None
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
None
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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