11th Annual Utah Snow & Avalanche Workshop Open and Motorized Sessions Oct. 27th.
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Observation Date: 
4/28/2018
Observer Name: 
Brita
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Cardiff Pass
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Clear sky and 60 degree temps in the parking lot (8,500') at 10 am. Temps decreased as we gained elevation, reaching 48 degrees on Cardiff Pass (10,050') at noon. Light wind from SW with moderate gusts increasing to moderate wind on the ridge with gusts at 30 mph. Cooler temps and wind kept snow decent at top but continued radiation made manky, sticky snow from mid elevation to base.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Warm temps overnight caused complete lack of refreeze for first time. Snow extremely damp and slushy by 10 am on South aspects. Unpleasant skiing from 9,600' down, with grabby, punchy and dirty snow. Noticed pinwheels and roller balls forming from our turns even on slopes less than 30 degrees. Boot pen measured 10 cm at top and 25 cm at base.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Gliding Snow
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
As snowpack melts and drainage continues, we may see more glide avalanches on smoother bed surfaces.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Cornice
Trend: 
Same
Problem #2 Comments: 
Cornices may continue to weaken under intense radiation
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Low
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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