11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/2/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Steiner/Lofty
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Low clouds, moist rime layer above 9,000', light northwest winds and limited visibility till mid afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
1"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Wind Crust
Rain-Rime Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Above 9,000' a moist rime cloud layer settled in for a good portion of the day around Hayden Pass/Steiner area. The snow surface developed a thin rime crust mainly in the open areas, with some dense settled snow in very protected places. Not an issue on a sled, but tricky to get around on skis or board.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Locations where the snow pack is thinner and weak faceted is more developed would be likely places where an avalanche could be triggered on the persistent weak layers in the snow pack.
Comments: 
Low clouds and moist air created a thin rime crust in the higher terrain creating frosted trees and limited visibility.
A thin rime crust developed which may become a slick bed surface with additional snow.
Moderate stability with tests and no clean cracks or propagation on the buried weak sugary snow around the middle of the pack.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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