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Observation Date: 
02/24/2018
Observer Name: 
Bill Brandt
Region: 
Ogden
Location Name or Route: 
Cutler
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Occasional sunbreaks early. Light snow late morning becoming heavier by 4 pm. Moderate winds with strong gusts moving yesterdays delightful snow into firm wind slabs.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
2"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Wind created a surface that was dense with lighter snow underneath. This made the ski tips submarine.  Some wind scoured areas. Widespread wind damage even in the trees which are usually wind protected.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Today's wind complely changed the game from yesterday. Wind slabs everywhere above the weather station. No natural activity was noted on the Ben Lomond Willard headwall.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Problem #1 Comments: 

Wind slabs were triggered remotely while setting the skin track. I saw 2 we trigered below the "dead tree" and another party trigered one in the same region. These cracked out above us.  The  slopes were 20 degrees at best. We skinned to the top of Cutler. Ski cut Bailey Cabin with minimal results. Released a couple of soft slabs which had little energy and didn't travel far. Party voted not to ski Baileys. We choose to ski lower slope angles. Every steeper rollover on the way down responded to ski cuts with cracking or slabs that broke loose and traveled short distances. It was easy to trap your skis underneath the slabs.

These slabs will be covered with forecasted new snow tomorrow and will be much harder to indentify.

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

Nothing yet, but it is snowing hard tonight. Perhaps this is the load that will awaken the buried weaknesses.

Comments: 

The recent new snow was mostly stable, the winds chaged all that. Lower elevations were not hit as hard by the wind and skied well albeit the coverage is so thin below 7500 ft that I hit several buried rocks and logs. Most ski exits of Cutler remain to brushy to ski out except the Cutler Ridge trail. This trail is now snow covered down to the park where you can ski groomed trails to your car.

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