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ADVANCED OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 01.14.19
 Drainage/Route:  Between Frenchmans/Headwaters Observed Terrain:  8708ft, NE aspect, 15* slope. Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: N/O HST: N/O Sky: CLR Precip: Temps: 29F
 Ridgeline Wind: Calm
 Blowing Snow: None Snow Available for Transport:
 Comments: Cold morning in the valley floor, started off around 15F near Smiley Creek. warmer at upper elevations today, felt like spring in the afternoon on S aspects.
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: 108cm 
 Upper Pack: 5-6mm 1-2cm thick layer of SH in shaded protected areas.  
 Middle Pack: F and 4F hardness FC / RG down to 2 layers of 1-2mm thick buried SH / FC, one @ 66cm and 33cm 
 Lower Pack: 10cm thick DH 5mm thick F hardness to the ground.  
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Persistent Slab

Layer/Depth:
33cm Buried SH

Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Stubborn

Spatial Distribution:
Specific
Where did you find this problem?
  Primary Concern Comments: 
 
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Wet Loose

Layer/Depth:


Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Stubborn

Spatial Distribution:
Isolated
Where did you find this problem?
  Problem 2 Comments: Small roller balls near rocks
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: CT13 SP, Q1 on 33cm layer. ECTP15, on 33cm layer of buried SH / FC
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Good Confidence: HIGH Trend: Improving
 Comments (aspects and elevations of instability, etc): Very low snow on Southern aspects exposed to sun made for no layers / mostly avoiding brush and rocks. Persistent slab & buried weak layers were evident on N end of the compass, from mid tree line to high alpine. majority of high alpine bowls had previously slid and had 'new' snow on top of avalanche debris.
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Like mentioned above, persistent slab and weak layers were easily identified and produced SC, Q1 results on tests. We avoided all steep wind-loaded terrain. Did not experience collapses or whumping in lower angle trees below 9,000ft. Would take the snowpack with a grain of skepticism and will not expose or put myself 'out there' on technical steep areas or near terrain traps, specifically at upper elevation high alpine. Extremely variable depth and snow quality from elevation to aspects. Lots of new SH in protected areas, will be watching out for that with the next big storm.
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new SH

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ECT video