Observation: Ogden

Observation Date
01/23/2018
Observer Name
brian smith

Region:

Location Name or Route
eastern ogden valley
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Wind Speed
Calm
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
12"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

nice cold dry snow in the protected trees above 7800ft.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
I had one collapse on a wind loaded ridge
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Storm Slab
Problem #1 Comments

I was in a very protected canyon with little wind and little slab formation. The rain crust is down 28 cm (11 inches) and only about 1 1/2 thick at 8400 ft. This is much less of a crust than along the Wasatch front (Cutler ridge area). I still was able to get a good  ECT 13 on the faceted snow beneath the crust. I just was unable to find much of a slab in this area. 

1. Rain crust at 8400ft. with faceted snow beneath

2. Very good turning on protected, north low angle slopes from 7800-8800 ft. 

 

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