11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/27/2018
Observer Name: 
Bill Brandt
Location Name or Route: 
Cutler Ridge to Bailey Cabin
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Swirling and gusting winds made it difficult to determine the predominant direction. Strong gusts on the ridge overlooking Ogden. There were several snow devils in the area below the weather station. Fairly warm afternoon except in the wind. Extensive wind damage along Cutler Ridge.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Variable ski conditions in areas exposed to wind. An icey crust is the surface in several areas.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Soft and moderately hard wind slabs which did not crack or collapse. I stomped on several steep rollovers with out getting any snow to move.  

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Deep Slab
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

Basal facets are gaining strength in the area where I dug my pit. Very weak snow in the rockband at the top of Bailey Cabin. Old avalanche, from the last big avalanche cycle, skiers right of rockband. Steep entrances to the north probably slid in the last cycle because snow depth is only 40 cm. Other areas at the top of Cutler run 120-140 cm. At the 9000 ft. level snow depth was greater than 220 cm. albeit wind loaded.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
8600
Slope Angle: 
30
Comments: 

ECT 30. Q3 shear failure mid pack. HS 120 cm. I had to scrape out basal facets where a couple of weeks ago they seemed to flow out. Stronger though still weak. 

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