Observation: Bear Trap

Observation Date: 
01/11/2018
Observer Name: 
Bruce Tremper
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Beartrap
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 
New snow depth varies much more strongly with altitude than usual. There was just a skiff of snow near the road but perhaps 3 or 4 inches at the ridgetop. It's hard to believe that Brighton got 20 or more inches of snow, which was only about a mile away, but the southerly flow tends to do that. The very small amount of new snow turned nicely especially when combined with the near surface faceted snow just below it on shady aspects. Sunny exposures had dust on crust conditions.
Red Flags
Red Flags Comments: 
We did a quick trip to Beartrap just for exercise and a few safe turns. It's not the kind of place you go to find avalanches, and true to form, there seemed to be no avalanche potential there since there just wasn't enough new snow to overload anything. There was just a skiff of new snow at the trailhead and perhaps 3 to 4 inches along the ridge. Perhaps along the highest ridge, you might find enough wind loading to overload the buried faceted layers but we did not see any. Low danger where we were but obviously from the reports, there are places where more snow fell and/or more wind loading occurred. The danger rating I checked reflected what we found where we were and it is not a rating for other areas or terrain.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 
See above.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Low