11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
2/8/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Moffit Peak-east side
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Overcast skies with light to moderate southwest winds kept the temperatures in check today.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Just a few new inches of snow can improve the riding conditions and I was finding nice shallow powder with a layer of surface hoar from the clear skies overnight. Overall, the riding and turning today was fairly decent.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Still choosing lowered angled terrain based on the faceted layered snow pack, although snow pit tests are trending toward better stability?
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Winds were light to moderate and steady and getting into lower terrain throughout the day. Only minor cracking of fresh wind drifts along higher ridge lines.
Comments: 
Just a few new inches can go a long way to improve the riding conditions and smooth out old tracks.
This morning there was layer of surface hoar from clear skies overnight and really made for some nice sparkling snow. The winds today should destroy most of this layer.
I was finding the rime crust from last weekend still fairly widespread in the Whitney Basin and might be something to keep an eye as it gets buried. Right now it is just under the most recent snow from a few days back.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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