11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/8/2018
Observer Name: 
Pagnucco, Hardesty
Location Name or Route: 
Snowbasin backcountry
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Rain-Rime Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Snow surface is highly variable - wind buff, rain crust, soft snow, etc. Turning conditions were somewhat inconsistent and a bit challenging as supportability varied as well. 

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

There is definitely poor snowpack structure but that doesn't necessarily mean there's instability. Though we did have CT results, we did not have any propagation in our ECT. The warm weather has toned down the temperature gradient though there is still enough bw 30cm-50cm to drive the faceting process. That is exactly where we found the weakest snow. There is really just not enough snow right now and really no slab. If we were by some odd chance to get a few inches or more of water in one storm, then we'd start seeing avalanches likely failing in the weak facets midpack. 

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
8800
Slope Angle: 
36
Comments: 

just not much going on while we wait for some kind of rapid change to the snowpack. Loss of snow height in same location over the course of last three weeks is highly noticeable. (115 cm down to 75 cm).

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