Observation: Camp Steiner

Observation Date: 
12/14/2017
Observer Name: 
Ted Scroggin
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Ruth Lake, Steiner
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Wind Speed: 
Light
Weather Comments: 
Sunny day with a few new inches of snow overnight, northeast winds kept the temperatures cool and it finally felt more like a December winter day.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
4"
New Snow Density: 
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
Few inches of snow from yesterday freshened things up, but far from improving the riding and turning conditions. Also, little change in the avalanche hazard.
Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Digging around the Camp Steiner area today the snow pack continues to grow weak. The weak sugary snow would just fall out of the pit as I was digging. The few crusts that are buried have become less supportive and the snow pack has lost some integrity.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Normal Caution
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 
The new snow was a welcome site this morning, but it did little to improve the bleak conditions out there and did not change the overall avalanche hazard.
Comments: 
1. About 3-5" of snow overnight softened the riding conditions on the highway, but not much else. 2. Some folks are still choosing to use the wheeled vehicle to get around.
A few photos of the thin conditions around the Bald Mtn. and Camp Steiner areas.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Low