11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/9/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Gold Hill
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Light snow fall, but little accumulation. Moderate to strong southwest winds were loading north through northeast facing slopes.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
A day of changing snow conditions, with powder snow out of the wind zone, some hard old wind crusts and old sled tracks mixed in.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Today's winds were creating some fairly sensitive wind slabs, not too connected yet, but should be much bigger and deeper by tomorrow. These wind slabs were breaking out ahead of skis and sleds and are sitting on some preserved faceted snow prior to the weekend snow.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
I was finding the weak sugary snow that is about in the middle of the snow pack to still propagate a crack across an isolated column with 18-20 taps from the elbow. I would guess tomorrow with wind and new snow this weak snow will become overloaded and avalanches will be likely.
Comments: 
The fresh wind slabs today were breaking on some preserved faceted snow that was on the surface prior to the weekend storm.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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