11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/16/2018
Observer Name: 
Sean Burkhart
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Mt. Tuscarora
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Clear skies and sunny today made for a lovely bluebird day in the mountains.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Surface Hoar scattered throughout the area including Twin Lakes Pass, Patsey Marly, Wolverine Cirque and Mt. Tuscarora. Something to keep in the back of our minds moving forward as we are expecting snow this weekend. Upside down snowpack very apparent with simple on the go pole probing tests. Obvious signs of wind loading on the steeper northerly aspects of Tuscarora. Unsurprisingly, they haven't been ridden yet. No lines in Wolverine Cirque yet either (with an exception being the most westerly facing chute closest to Mt. Millicent). Signs of wind loading and many of the ridable chutes likely waiting for a trigger in both zones. N face of Wolverine had a mellow crust that had formed likely due to the greenhouse effect mentioned in the forecast yesterday by Evelyn. Most N facing slopes providing some fast glide, making lower angle turns very fun. Unsheltered aspects crusty or damp.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Cracking
Rapid Warming
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Although the sensitivity has diminished, there is still a poor snowpack structure in most areas and the size of the problem still stays the same. No major cracking or collapsing but based on other peoples observations of recent avalanches, there were likely slopes all around just waiting for a trigger.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wet Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
Wind slabs on unskieed N to NE facing slopes lurking from last weeks storm approx. 1 to 3 ft. deep.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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