11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/7/2018
Observer Name: 
T Diegel
Location Name or Route: 
Flagstaff to Holy T to Cardiac
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
5"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

NW facing up high (holy Toledo) was scoured at top, pockety lower.  south facing was cream on crust. 

Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Problem #1 Comments: 

Up in Cardiac we did one hasty pit in a thin area and got a clean shear 14" down but it took a bit of effort to get it out.  In a fatter area an ECT only pulled out 3' down with a bit of prying after whapping it a lot. That said, we were still wary of the well-advertised persistent slab, and as there is no place to hide in Cardiac we didn't push up past where it ramped up to > 30 degrees.  But undoubtedly someone will, and will likely be fine. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wet Snow
Problem #2 Comments: 

Over in the Cardiac Ridge/Ivory area we saw a small loose sluff come down that probably started from coming off the cliffs in the morning sun (see pic) Probably not enough to knock you over, however. 

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Comments: 

We got assurances that all was safe by seeing a seasoned snowshoer who came up from the bottom of Cardiff and did a pretty high traverse from the Cardiac Ridge area and felt that the avy situation was "pretty good" (see pics).  He decided not to summit Superior via the north chutes because he was understandably tired.  

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