11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/14/2018
Observer Name: 
Evelyn
Location Name or Route: 
Spruces to Little Water
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Cool first thing in the morning, but warming significantly through out the day.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

A mix of surface conditions, with damp snow increasing by the hour with sun and heating.  Most sunny slopes will be crusted tomorrow.  Surface hoar on many, but not all slopes.  In the usual places in the drainage bottoms, but also up onto the ridge lines and on top of the peak.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Collapsing
Rapid Warming
Poor Snowpack Structure
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
South
Elevation: 
7500
Slope Angle: 
29
Comments: 

Thought I'd look at south facing, just to keep myself entertained.  With our shallow snow pack, I feel like there's no free lunch.  We'll have to keep an eye on all aspects, as all aspects seem to have at least one layer of facets some where in the pack.

I find finding a place to dig a representative south facing snow pit challenging. 

  • The crusts vary over such short distances, with varying slope angle and with even small changes in aspect.  
  • The surface hoar will be gone after today on sunny slopes.
  • The disintegrating crust at 47 cm where I was probably wouldn't allow for any propagation.  Chunks would fall out of the pit wall.  But in an area where the crust is more robust, I would expect an ECT to propagate.

Photo of above snow pit.   Surface hoar, on it's way to melting on south facing.

Beautiful day, with still low winter light.

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