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Observation Date: 
03/3/2018
Observer Name: 
Wilson, Hayes, Hardesty
Region: 
Moab
Location Name or Route: 
Gold Miners, Talking Mountain Cirque
Weather
Sky: 
Few
Wind Direction: 
Southeast
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Glorious day, despite a strong South to Southeast wind. Temperatures were above freezing at Gold Basin from 10am onward, and reached 43F at the Geyser Trailhead at 3pm. Although temps stayed in the mid 20's at 11,700', steep south and southwest aspects still got wet. Snow tranpsorted in obvious plumes off ridglines, but also saltating like blown beach sand across slopes and valleys.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Is there a check box for talus? Lots of snow surface conditions to choose from out there, especially for those fond of wind-board.  Soft skiing remained in treed north aspects, while solar aspects were either crusted or damp.  Wind had impacted well into the valleys and lower elevations.  Still, fun turns to be had.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Structure remains poor, with basal facets observed on even high elevation thin South aspects (albeit without much slab above). Plenty of wind and moving snow, but wind pillows did not seem sensitive along our route. No recent avalanches noted, no cracking or collapsing noted.
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Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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