11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/2/2018
Observer Name: 
cmackenzie
Location Name or Route: 
grizzly gulch
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Overcast, light steady wind keeping warming in check. Very light snowfall late afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Roughly 2-3cm damp snow at surface from greenhousing. Snow from previous storm decomposing and starting to snow evidence of near surface faceting. Some rollerballs and point releases below rocks noticed, but no large wet loose observed.  

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

Scary moderate. Big picture, the weak persistent layers seem widespread on north and northeast aspects above 8500 but do not seem to be reactive in stability tests.

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

No major transport or wind slab formation noted, however, some cross loading of north aspect gullies seemed widespread today.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
9600
Slope Angle: 
30
Comments: 

Three full study pits dug today at similar aspect/elevation with similar findings. No results on stability tests, however, poor structure noted in all pits.

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