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Observation Date: 
03/20/2018
Observer Name: 
Greg Gagne
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Silver Fork from Alta
Weather
Sky: 
Scattered
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Just a hint of wind from the W/SW along ridgetops. Period of clouds move through about 1000 and evne squeezed out a few snowflakes! Skies were clearing when I was descending back to Alta at 1100.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Upper elevation NW through NE still holding dry snow. Otherwise snow surface is either crusted or damp.

Impressive amount of radiation recrystallization on the surface on many solar aspects. Also finding some weak snow on due north where the top few cms would sluff easily. Am expecting any weaknesses at the surface to deteriorate with increasing temps and rain/wet snow forecasted later this week. (That said, I think it's always worthwhile making a note where you find weak snow at the surface as it may be a weak layer with additional loading.) 

HS 2-3 meters above 9000' on northerly aspects in Silver Fork. 

Red Flags
Red Flags Comments: 
No red flags.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Deep Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

Deep, persistent slab remains a concern, but saw a strong & deep snowpack today where I was looking with over 2 meters in many locations.

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

Snow surface was just beginning to dampen when I was exiting at 1100. Overall not much evidence of wet activity from Monday.

Comments: 

Quick morning outing to Silver Fork from Alta. Been well over 2 weeks since I have been in this drainage, and wanted to get a sense of the depth of the snowpack. Overall snowpack looking strong and stable with 2+ meters. Few pits in the top 50-100 cms, and at best was getting ECTN (fracture initiated, but did not propagate) down 40 cms in a density inversion in storm snow from over this weekend. 

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