11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/21/2018
Observer Name: 
Mike Fogg
Location Name or Route: 
Monte Cristo
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Weather Comments: 
Overcast Skies and a few flurries throughout the morning and mid day.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
10"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

pretty good powder. Light top layer, still hitting the harder layer under the new snow and running over old tracks was easily noticeable. The wind seems to place more snow in some areas than others, so it felt like the depth changed a lot depending on shelter, elevations ans aspect.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
8900
Slope Angle: 
25
Comments: 

clearly the layer under the new snow was big facets. 

120cm total depth of snow the facet layers at 90cms from the ground.

 

pit dug in a wind sheltered area facing north at

N 41 Deg 27.076

W 111 Deg 29.721

8981ft elevation

 

A pic of the 90cm facet layer. one facet that was pulled out

column broke at 70cms from the ground on the 3rd swing from the shoulder

Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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