11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/23/2018
Observer Name: 
brian smith
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
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
New Snow
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: 
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