11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/13/2018
Observer Name: 
Brackelsberg
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Erickson Basin
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Scattered clouds all day. The wind picked up out of the NW around 3PM.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
  • There was a significant rain crust under the new snow below 8600'.
  • Overall, a very faceted snowpack
  • ​Significant cracking and collapsing at all elevations

Danger in the low angle terrain we skied was considerable, but on steeper terrain, it definitely would have been High. In areas we skied twice, we witnessed some significant cracks from the first descent. Had the slope angle been steeper, these most likely would have slide.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

See the video, a very faceted snowpack that with a trigger point and moderately steep slope would easily be able to be triggered. We observed lots of natural slides in Erickson Basin.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
9300
Slope Angle: 
22
Video: 
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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