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Observation Date: 
02/20/2018
Observer Name: 
Hardesty, Rich, Conover
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Bowman to Toots and out Alexander Basin
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Weather Comments: 
Cold; no wind noted.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Two very loud and propagating collapses along north Gobbler's ridgeline above Toots Suite and lower Depth Hoar bowl. Surprised to have not remoted portions of either.
Comments: 

Triggered a small portion of the hangfire above the Toots To Boot avalanche (pic below).  Good low, guttural collapse and the snow moved a foot down slope.  As noted, collapsed two more portions of the structure along the north Gobbler's ridgeline.  Went to investigate the well-written observation of yesterday's near miss in Toots.  Well noted that the MCC terrain has seen perhaps a couple inches of SWE (no precip buckets nearby) and the beneficiary of Sat night and Sunday strong (and dusty) pre-frontal southwest winds...either overloading areas of thin and weak structure...or repeaters (Davis Gulch on Gobblers).  

On the descent on and adjacent to the Toots avalanche, noted a 50' wide stress crack at roughly 8500' NE facing.  Similar structure as noted in the avalanche observation.  

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