11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/7/2018
Observer Name: 
Toddeo
Location Name or Route: 
Tushers - Big Flat
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Calm day warm in the sun.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
6"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

6" above 9,500'.  Some graupel. Sunny aspects were damp this afternoon, made for difficult skinning (photo below).  Most of it fell on bare ground.  Barely enough to travel on graded roads.  This area missed the pre-Xmas storm.

 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Normal caution for a really thin snow pack.  I think avalanches are unlikely but an isolated one may be possible in the upper elevations.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
10500
Slope Angle: 
15
Comments: 

See Photo below, a few inches of facets.  I was not able to isolate the new snow above them.  Mostly a non issue at this time due to the thin snow pack (HS=8").  2nd photo is of the facets.  3rd of a pole column.

Photo below:  Sticky snow made for hard skinning, in and out of tire tracks.

If anyone wants to get in touch with me about snow/avalanche questions in SW Utah, I can be reached at swutbcski@gmail.com. I would be happy to walk anyone through the observation process.  All observations are appreciated.

Mostly no danger with the very limited potential for low hazard.  Still possible to drive up high.  Elk are also still in the upper elevations.

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