11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/18/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Mill Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
A mild day for mid January with temps in the 40s and light ridge top winds from the west. Winds were not affecting the avalanche hazard this afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the snow conditions are holding up quite well. I found nice settled dense powder in the Mill Creek area, although the snow cover is rather thin.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
The persistent slab problem should be on the rise with increasing winds and possibly some good snow totals.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Winds were generally light along the ridge lines and not increasing the hazard this afternoon.
Comments: 
Some of the areas I dug around today were quite shallow and lacking a slab on top of the weak sugary snow, but this should change with the approaching storm.
Things have been relatively quiet in the Mill Creek area, likely due to thin snow cover. I was feeling many logs and stumps while riding through the area, but with a good storm riders might start venturing out here.
The High Uintas are looking a little thin and rocky right now.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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