11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/7/2018
Observer Name: 
Doug Wewer
Location Name or Route: 
Cutler Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

About 4" new above about 8000'. Seemed like 1" or less at the trailhead.  I poked around a fair bit, but didn't find any snow depths deeper than about 24".  Basal snow is weak and faceted as expected. Trail breaking was moderately difficult and I sunk to the ground in many areas, gliding directly on bushes, stumps and rocks at times.  Downhill travel was easier, but the only reasonable route below about 7500' is to follow the summer trail.  

 

 

 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Comments: 

Brush and snow cover just below weather station around 7500'.  The summer trail is faintly visible on the right side. 

Cutler Basin has continuous, thin, weak snowcover. I suspect there will be widespread avalanching as soon as we get a decent load above it. 

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