11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/7/2018
Observer Name: 
Brett Kobernik
Location Name or Route: 
Coal Fork
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Sanpete valley was socked in all day, clear above 6500'
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
6"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Medium density snow with wind during the storm created a fairly dense new slab.

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

The new dense slab was either not quite enough weight or just not quite the right structure to create avalanches, cracking or collapsing into the old weak snow.  The new snow sure did cap off all of the faceted snow quite nicely.  I suspect this will "bridge" the facets just a bit allowing more snow to stack up before they fail.  The danger will no doubt increase with the next storm.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
10400
Slope Angle: 
36
Comments: 

I think there was a fairly good chance that I could have provoked an avalanche today.  However, once I got to the upper elevations, I realized I forgot my skins so I couldn't travel around on skis.  The snowpack is quite "upside down", I was a little surprised it wasn't a bit more sensitive.  I actually didn't see any cracking at all today.  Don't worry, it'll come.

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