11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/10/2018
Observer Name: 
Luke
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Grizzly Gulch
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Northish wind blowing at a good clip most of the morning, it really picked up above 9500' and was doing a fine job of depositing the new snow all over the place.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
The snow that was falling was mostly nice and fluffy with some bursts of graupelish snow when the wind picked up. Wind relocated snow was on the denser side.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
New Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Lots of new snow for the current situation, it could push you into rocks or trees if it broke out but I would be more worried about anything stepping down into lower layers.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
There are a number of poor layers in the snowpack any of which could fail fairly easily depending on where you are at, slope steepness, what's under it, etc. as well as the terrible faceted bottom 10cm of the snowpack.
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
9600
Slope Angle: 
30
Comments: 
Dug a pit NNE about 29/30 degrees right below a subridge so it had some wind loading. Total depth 100 cm, below are pictures of the layers and the shovel shear failure at 38 cm (not where I was expecting, however it was a noticeable hard/ weak layer interface).
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
High
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
High
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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