11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/28/2018
Observer Name: 
Megan Brandt, Bill Brandt, Lee Fortin
Location Name or Route: 
Cutler
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Very warm, 40°F in the parking lot and 32°F at 8700ft. Early morning sun created some greenhouse effect and later in the afternoon resulted in a thin crust.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Thin breakable, melt freeze crust on wind effected snow at higher elevations.  Spring like, soft conditions below 7600 ft elevation which was where the skiing was the best.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Shovel sheer test resulted in a Q1 shear 94cm down with CTX and ECTX.  Persistent slab avalanches are not likely but will be large and dangerous if triggered.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

High winds during the past few days created wind slabs that are now stubborn and do not react to ski cuts.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
8700
Slope Angle: 
25
Comments: 

Shovel Shear Test resulting in Q1 shear 94cm down.  Failure above glacial ice layer at 26cm from ground.

Melt freeze crust approximately 30cm down.  

A few crust layers in the top half of the snow pack that were pencil to knife hardness.

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