Observation: Meadows

Observation Date: 
01/14/2018
Observer Name: 
Glew
Region: 
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route: 
Meadow Chutes
Weather
Sky: 
Clear
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Weather Comments: 
Really warm and no wind.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

The snow was gettng cooked on SW-S-SE aspects. Thin surface hoar on many slopes even up to the ridges. Dug a pit on a NE facing aspect at 9,500 ft. Slope angle 20 degrees. HS 100 cm. CT12 Q1 failing on depth hoar. ECTP24 SC also failing on depth hoar.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Rapid Warming
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
Poor structure in snowpack. Rain crust noted up to about 9000 ft with facets below. The avalanche from a couple days ago in Bananna Days was rather impressive. There were also fair amount of recent tracks in steeper northerly facing slopes in the Meadows with no signs of avalanches. I was not sold on hoping into those slopes as well based off the current state of the snowpack. There are many slight aspect changes in Meadows which I feel like many people don't realize. Just beacause you see tracks down a slope doesn't mean it's safe. The tracks you see are on a SE aspect and if you ski just to the right of them, well your now on a NE aspect which is much less safe right now. It's a tricky situation out there currently.
Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable