11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/14/2018
Observer Name: 
Dana Holmes
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Maybird Gulch
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Weather Comments: 
Very pleasant day for travel in the high country. Temperatures were in the high teens in the lower points in the drainages early in the day, quickly warming to mid30s and above in the open terrain by mid day.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Fast and fun skiing on low angle sheltered slopes. Snow conditions were mostly dense, settled powder. Lots of "loud powder" on the shady N/NE aspects where the facet machine seems to have been cranking at full strength since the last storm. To further reinforce this point, we found several areas where wind crust/slab from had already almost completely decomposed under the current high pressure. This area is usually prone to getting pillaged by the alpine winds, so we were pleasantly surprised to find very little wind affect overall. The high winds on the tail end of the storm seem to have been contained to the higher peaks and ridges in this area, leaving the basins mostly unaffected. Sunny south/west facing getting sticky by the afternoon (wax your skis!)
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Cracking
Collapsing
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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