11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/16/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Whitney Basin
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
East
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Beautiful day with mostly sunny skies, calm to light winds and great day to view the numerous slides that happened over the holiday weekend.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Loose faceted snow on the surface from the clear cold nights recently, a few old wind slabs around in exposed terrain and generally nice supportable riding and turning conditions.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
The conditions felt like they were trending toward a moderate hazard, but still the possibility of triggering a decent size avalanche given the right slope as seen from the Yamaha Hill avalanche.
Comments: 
I combined photos of the handful of slides I viewed today that occurred over the holiday weekend. A common theme with these are: north to northeast aspects, around 9,500 to 10,000' in elevation, failing on weak sugary snow above the buried crust, likely triggered low on the slope. Fortunately no one was caught to my knowledge.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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