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Observation Date: 
03/3/2018
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Gold Hill
Weather
Sky: 
Broken
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Mild temperatures, but steady and gusty winds throughout the day. Partly sunny for a good part of the day with clouds moving in around mid-afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
A mixed bag of snow conditions with lots of wind effect, old hard sled tracks, some decent settled dense snow in the most protected areas and a thin melt freeze crust on sunny aspects.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Cracking
Red Flags Comments: 
Wind slabs and dense drifted snow throughout the Gold Hill area. Some of the fresh wind slabs would crack ahead of skis and sleds, most of these were shallow, only a few inches deep and pockety and not real connected. Did however trigger a deeper hard wind slab just off the ridge line on a steeper section. This location was rocky and shallow and only needed to collapse the weak layer where the slab was thin.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
Today it seemed like wind slabs were the main issue in my travels. With strong sustained winds the last two days, many slopes have developed both hard and soft wind slabs. Some of these were sensitive to the weight of a person, while many were hard and nonreactive.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 
The storm moving in tonight should add some weight to the snow pack and possibly stress some of the buried weak layers where the snow pack is thin or slopes that have avalanched this season.
Snow Profile
Comments: 
Recent winds have been working over the terrain leaving hard wind slabs and this rough textured snow surface.
I was able to trigger this small hard wind slab just off the ridge line. It was about 16" deep, only 50' across and failed on some preserved faceted snow. These hard slabs will be covered by the new snow forecasted for this evening and could make conditions tricky.
Observer email: 
tscroggin@allwest.net
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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