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Observation Date: 
02/19/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Gold Hill
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Winter conditions with 12-14" new snow, cold temps and little wind on the Gold Hill ridge. Light snow throughout the day with some brief filtered sun at times.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
14"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Great low density snow and the conditions around Gold Hill were very nice. A nice 12-14" and it rode like there was more as the low density snow was over the hood!
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Heavy Snowfall
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
I was a little surprised that things were not very sensitive this afternoon. I did not experience any cracking or collapsing, the wind slabs were not real reactive and the conditions were great for riding and turning. Not sure the area got the water weight, but I would think areas that are shallow and did get more wind, the hazard would be elevated.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Storm Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Put storm slab for the first issue, as I did not see much in the way of active wind slabs. The new snow instabilities should settle out quickly, but more snow is forecasted.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
Not sure the Gold Hill area saw the water weight, but places where the snow pack is shallow, the new snow and wind may be enough to stress the buried weak sugary snow.
Comments: 
Great storm with around 12-14" new snow and it rode like there was more as the light density snow was over the hood.
Where the snow pack is deep, this new snow was not enough to stress the deeper buried faceted sugar snow, but there were some new snow instabilities that would crack but not propagate.
Observer email: 
tscroggin@allwest.net
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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