11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/24/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Whitney Basin
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Cool this morning with temps in the teens, high clouds throughout the day and winds were on the increase from the west.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Nice powder snow conditions with the coverage getting better, wind damaged snow on the high exposed ridge lines and generally great riding and turning. The weekend storm was good to the north slope with upwards of 18" and riders are enjoying much improved conditions.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
The winds were in the moderate category along the ridge lines, but a few gusts were strong enough to boss me around while out for a walk. Plenty of cracking with these fresh wind slabs, many were still shallow, but with the steady winds today there is easily some deeper and less manageable slabs.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
Winds and an approaching storm might be enough to wake up the persistent weak sugary snow that is buried two to three feet deep now. Could easily see some mid-slope wind slabs develop with the steady winds forecasted.
Comments: 
This small sled triggered slide on an east aspect likely occurred this weekend and may fit the trend where a person can still trigger a slide from low or mid-slope.
Shallow fresh wind slabs were forming today and these would easily crack around your sled in wind exposed areas. These were very manageable in safe low angle terrain, but would not want to expose myself on steeper slopes.
The winds were starting to spoil the powder party getting into some of the lower terrain and filling in recent tracks.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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