11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/27/2018
Observer Name: 
Kosinski
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Mt. Raymond/Mill A
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Beautiful day for skiing. Warm down low, cool with a little breeze up high. Minimal solar radiation from overcast skies.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
The top few inches were traditional Utah powder. Very light and low density.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Collapsing
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
This problem is extremely variable. There were places on the mountain where I stepped and immediately had a bad feeling. In general though, very solid snowpack. It is important to know the aspects and wind direction; this is the way to manage avalanche issues at upper elevations.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Cornice
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
There is starting to be some cornice formation with the new snow and winds varying over the last few days. The ridge line cornice ranged from 0" to 3'. There were two smaller cornice fall avalanches that appeared to have occurred during the last storm cycle. Remember: cornices will break farther back than expected. Translation: do not skin 1' away from a 3' tall cornice.
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northwest
Elevation: 
9900
Slope Angle: 
24
Comments: 
The snowpack structure varies significantly by location. I would urge caution in areas where you are setting the skin track or there are high consequences if something goes wrong. Overall I thought the snowpack was very solid but there were a few spots where I could hear how hollow the snow was and it immediately gave me a bad taste. I did not have any pictures today since the light was flat, therefore they don't show much.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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