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Observation Date: 
02/24/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Whitney Basin-Double Hill
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Another cold day on the North Slope with single digits this morning and throw a little northwest wind in and it makes for a chilly day. Mostly cloudy with some brief periods of filtered sun.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
1"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Lots of great powder and soft settled dense snow. The winds however did stiffen up some of the snow in open exposed areas.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Some minor shallow soft wind slabs today just off the ridge lines. These were both natural and rider triggered slides and manageable in size, breaking just ahead of skis and sleds.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
Fresh shallow soft wind slabs were easily triggered today just off the ridge lines. These were small in size and quickly broke up as they moved downhill. Manageable in size early in the day, but with increasing winds and plenty of low density snow to blow around, these should become wider and deeper.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
I have not observed any slides that have stepped down into older weak sugary faceted snow. My travels have been mainly in areas with a deeper snow pack. It sounds like slides can still be triggered into older snow where the snow pack is shallow.
Comments: 
A few photos of shallow soft wind slabs that are easily triggered just off the ridge lines. These were very manageable early today, but will likely become a bit more of an issue with increasing winds and more snow this evening.
Observer email: 
tscroggin@allwest.net
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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