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Observation Date: 
02/23/2018
Observer Name: 
Bill Brandt
Region: 
Ogden
Location Name or Route: 
Cutler Ridge
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Cold light snow with little to no wind.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Light low density snow.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Heavy Snowfall
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
No cracking or collapsing today. Above the "dead tree" we noted sluffing on a density change about 3 inches from the surface. There were a lot of thin natural sluffs. Skier triggered sluffs ran long distances on a slope if it was steep enough. The new snow was well bonded to the old snow surfaces. No significant wind today. The trees were holding the new snow well. Perhaps there is some buried wind slab. Didn't find it today.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Loose Dry Snow
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

Sluffing limited to the top few inches above about 8K elevation.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 

Hasn't reared it's ugly head in the Ben Lomond area, yet.

1. Widespread thin natural sluffing.

2. Partially buried crown of small slide into terrain trap.

3. More sluffing.

Probably moderate danger in most areas. That said I'm not ready to jump onto the face of Ben Lomond any time soon.

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