11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/23/2018
Observer Name: 
Toby Weed
Location Name or Route: 
Swan Flats Rd, Garden City Bowls
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Light
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
2"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Nice fast shallow powder conditions on mostly supportable base

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

This problem appears to be persisting.  Weak, faceted snow from December is not getting any stronger and is subject to significant temperature gradient especially where shallow. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

I was able to crack a few shallow old wind slabs while making my way along the ridge.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
8700
Slope Angle: 
28
Comments: 

Snow structure was even worse in the forest on the Swan Flat (northwest facing) side of the ridge.  I could tell there was a widespread weakness just by planting my pole into the snow and feeling it easily drop a few inches in the loose facets and then stop on the hard and icy Thanksgiving crust. 

Lovely day to spend in the Bear River Range above the big turquois lake.  A couple more inches of light snow from yesterday further improved the shallow powder conditions, and it's easy to get around on a mostly supportable base.

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