11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/27/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Moffit Peak
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Mostly cloudy, some filtered sun and the winds continue to blow really working the open terrain.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
9"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
The riding and turning conditions are quite nice and many riders were out today enjoying great powder snow. Areas not protected from the wind are really getting worked over with big deep drifts.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Steady west and southwest winds the last few days have transported lots of snow onto north and east facing slopes. Some of the west facing terrain has been stripped to bare ground. Some of the wind slabs are breaking up two feet deep.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
Where the snow pack is deeper, stability tests are getting harder to get any clean cracks or propagation across a column of snow. The weak sugary snow in the mid pack is still there, but looks like it has gained some strength from compression and more depth.
Comments: 
One of the deeper places I have dug with around 50" of snow and the stability tests are getting harder to get any clean crack or propagation across an isolated column of snow.
Steady winds the last few days have worked over the open terrain and stripped some slopes to bare ground.
The fresh wind drifts are breaking a couple feet deep and getting a little more connected in the higher terrain.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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