11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/7/2018
Observer Name: 
Owen McAndrew
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Powerline (Cardiff Fork)
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Upon leaving the main cardiff skin track and ascending the east side of the powerline ridge, there was consistent cracking and collapsing. After one large collapse, I decided to do a quick compression test on a NW 21 degree slope at 9250'. The column fractured after two taps from the wrist 32 cm down on the same facet layer we keep hearing about. It is worth noting that this occurred in a part of the slope that didn't appear to have seen much traffic prior to the new snow. In areas with old tracks, there were far fewer collapses. Sparknotes: Northerly slopes that haven't seen much traffic are touchy and will continue to be increasingly so with the coming storm.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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