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Observation Date: 
03/2/2018
Observer Name: 
Toby Weed
Region: 
Logan
Location Name or Route: 
South Ridge of Beaver Mountain (Backside)
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Period of moderate snowfall in the early afternoon. Very windy (southwest wind), but diminishing somewhat in the afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
2"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

A bit crusty under the fresh snow on east facing slopes on backside.  Pretty good powder conditions in sheltered, shady terrain.  Wind affected and drifted snow in exposed terrain.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
West
Elevation: 
8500
Slope Angle: 
27
Comments: 

Last week's cold temperatures appear to have caused existing weak faceted layers in areas with shallow snowpack to weaken further.

I was able to easily trigger cracking and sizable cornice falls in drifts in the saddle on the way out the south ridge...

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