Observation Date: 
Observer Name: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Lower Mineral Basin
Wind Direction: 
Wind Speed: 
Weather Comments: 
Clear skies, bitter cold in the early morning hours and appeared to not warm up as drastically as the forecast predicted. Daytime highs appeared to hit upper 20's at 9000. Winds were in the high end of the light range at the upper elevations. No transport observed.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Superb powder riding, and the gift was riding SE, S and SW aspects before 1000 hours when the sun began to dampen the snow surface. All riding was extremely consistent and excellent. Wind damage limited to the most exposed areas in the alpine. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
No red flags observed in the areas traveled today, yet two drainages to the south the Major Evans incident indicates the need to be careful of recent wind loading on a preexisting poor snowpack structure.
Avalanche Problem #1
Persistent Slab
Problem #1 Comments: 

Major Evans and the Olympus event. Rocky, thin, steep areas NW, N, NE and SE above 9300 remain suspect, and the winds and SWE from the last event appear to be major players. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Loose Wet Snow
Problem #2 Comments: 

Widespread activity below 8000 feet observed in the new snow. Activity above  8500 feet appeared to be limited today, yet on Wednesday the temperatures are forecast to rise significantly and the possibility will likely increase. 

Cornices are big in many locations, and the previously cited temperatures may make them sensitive over the next 72 hours. 

The storm slab sensitivities appeared to have settled out significantly on Tuesday, and 30% settlement was observed from the latest event. 

Moderate for all the problems cited above today, yet possible natural wet loose could be considered considerable during daytime heating. 

Of note, high consequence moderate for the lingering Persistent and Deep Persistent Slab Problem. 

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