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Observation Date: 
02/25/2018
Observer Name: 
brian smith
Region: 
Logan
Location Name or Route: 
steam mill peak area
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
At the steammill yurt since thursday with about 10 inches of new snow during that time. The winds have blown at times strong out of the North as well as the SW cross loading many open slopes.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
10"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Classic dry, cold,  light powder on all aspects of the compass with the exception of some shallow wind slab in exposed areas. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments: 
did not see any natural slides, cracking or collapsing
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Problem #1 Comments: 

Sensitive wind slab in exposed areas.  See video below. This was soft slab on a southeast 35 deg. slope at 8100ft. While most of the wind has loaded north slopes there was still wind loaded slopes around the compass!

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

Poor structure deep in the snow pack but with testing a could not get a failure. Worrisome all the same. 

Comments: 

video of ski cutting wind slab. 

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