11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
1/29/2018
Observer Name: 
Evelyn
Location Name or Route: 
Sundance backcountry
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Bluebird morning, with increasing high thin clouds by early afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Faceted Loose
Rain-Rime Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Surface snow faceting rapidly, capped with surface hoar on the shady slopes.  Only a whisper of the rime crust, but not everywhere, and it will degrade within a day or two.  Sunny slopes became damp, will be crusted tomorrow.  In a few spots, the snow was scoured down to the rain crust.

Rain crust is supportable, keeping you off the ground.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
8100
Slope Angle: 
23
Comments: 

The ice crust from Jan 9/10 is slowly weakening.  The rest of the snowpack is mainly faceted.  This spot was probably slightly deeper than average for this elevation.

Photos below:  Surface hoar, snow up high on Timp, but dry at the sunny, lower elevations.  Access to the upper elevations continues to be difficult.

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

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