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Observation Date: 
03/6/2018
Observer Name: 
brian smith
Region: 
Ogden
Location Name or Route: 
cutler ridge to 8500ft.
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
North
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
bluebird day in the mountains, no wind
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
3"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Nice surface conditions with excellant turning above 7200ft, cold dry powder with some soft slab in the exposed areas. At 8300 feet I found 169 cm (66 in.). Below 7000 ft. the coverage is still very sparse. We got missed with the last storm!

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
I saw no red flags, but digging pits reveals the persistant poor pack down deep. The wind slab in the areas I was seems content to stay where it is.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Problem #1 Comments: 

The place got wind hammered but covered by about three inches. The wind slab did not seem very sensitive

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

I was able to break out a slab on top of a crust at 30 inches. (see photo). While it is required 28 wacks, it propagated nicely. See photo of crust with fist density faceted snow below. 

 

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