11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/2/2018
Observer Name: 
Toby Weed
Region: 
Logan
Location Name or Route: 
Hardware Ranch,Rock Creek, Baxter Sawmill, Curtis Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Weather Comments: 
Some snow showers, cloudy, flat light, mild temperatures, and quite windy in exposed terrain.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Rain-Rime Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Snow still nice and soft, powder-like in forest and sheltered upper elevation terrain.  Rime crust on open slopes.  MF crust or damp surface snow at lower and mid elevations.  Very shallow snow melting out at lower elevations and in sunny terrain.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Same
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

A couple buried persistent layers exist, but these appear dormant currently.  A large loading event in the future could easily reactivate the buried surface hoar or deep mid-pack facets...

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
8400
Slope Angle: 
24
Comments: 

Old pockets of persistent slab avalanches above the Curtis Creek Rd, likely pulled out by the groomer a couple weeks ago.

A couple persistent weak layers are visible in this pit.  The upper one, about 10 inches below the surface is buried surface hoar, which is widespread in the Monte Cristo Range. 

Well developed and fairly large (3 mm) facets elevated about 1.5' above the ground by hard November snow.  My test results in this layer show full propagation, but quite a lot of force is required to make it fail (26 taps)

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