Observation: No Name Bowl

Observation Date
01/15/2018
Observer Name
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Region:

Location Name or Route
No Name Bowl
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
North
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Another warm and clear day in the Wasatch.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

Protected N facing in No Name bowl was a mixture of surface hoar and faceted loose snow on the steeps and a little wind crust on the lower angle terrain. There was also a melt freeze crust on the S facing in the am and damp snow in the afternoon.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Rapid Warming
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
No cracking or collapsing experienced today but the snow pack structure is still highly suspect and it felt so warm that you might be able to get something to move on the steep S facing.
Comments

Headed over to No Name Bowl today as I was curious if the old bed surface from the slide I triggered on Tuesday had faceted already. The slide left a foot of facets when it ran but the bed surface got heated up in the slide and formed a crust capping the facets off. Today the crust was much more fragile and is on it's way to rotting out completely. Surface hoar development was in full gear and the feathers surprisingly did not get laid down by the sun on the ridge out to No Name and was also present on the slope. Climbing out on the SE facing the snow was highly saturated and roller balling in the steeper terrain. Skied on the flank of the old avalanche, which seemed like a no-brainer, there's a few important things to look at when skiing hangfire, first is to make sure the old avalanche cleaned out the slope to the ridge line with nothing hanging above you, second is to determine if something else pulls out will it cross into the old bed surface, and third is keeping close enough to the old bed surface to arrest on it if something was triggered. The slab in thinner snow-pack areas such as No Name seems to be relaxing a bit and maybe starting to rot out, but I'm still not willing to hang it out on a steep N facing slope with no safety net.

Photos: surface hoar an the ridge line, old avalanche off Scotts Bluff, and a better look at the old slide in No Name Bowl

Even though allot of slopes have been skied I'm still considering high elevation, N facing, steeps slopes that have not slid as being in the considerable range, moderate everywhere else.
 

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