We heard no reports of any activity in the Provo area mountains, but in the Central Wasatch -
Just a little bit of wind... Cracking, collapsing, some avalanching...it's a little like playing poker with my 9 year old - I can tell what cards he's holding and he can't bluff his way out of a paper bag.
We heard of one remotely triggered slide, and at least one person and probably two (in separate incidents) were caught and carried by small wind slabs they initiated. I collapsed and cracked out plenty of new and old shallowish wind drifts as well. The details -
· In the Brighton backcountry above Lackawaxen basin, a party on their 2nd lap remotely triggered a 8” deep and 20’ wide soft slab that gouged and entrained faceted snow on its way down. Would’ve been a nasty ride.
· Just off the West Desolation ridgeline in upper Mill D North of Big Cottonwood, a skier initiated a sluff that in turn triggered a 10” deep and 60’ wide soft slab. The skier was carried nearly 200’ and was partially buried but was otherwise ok.
· We had a 2nd hand report of another skier caught and carried in a shallow soft slab he triggered along the northern Brighton periphery. It too reportedly gouged down into older faceted snow.
You can find photos and more from yesterday on our Current Conditions page (The good stuff) there in the upper left hand corner beneath our logo. In the Ogden area mountains, Brandon Everett has some of the better photos of buried, intact surface hoar I've seen in awhile.