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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 12.05.17 Name: VandenBos Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  SW ridge Easley Peak Observed Terrain:  6,900-11,100' Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: HST: Sky: FEW Precip: Temps:
 Ridgeline Wind: Moderate and Steady from the N
 Blowing Snow: L Snow Available for Transport: Small amounts
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Wet Loose

Layer/Depth:


Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Stubborn

Spatial Distribution:

Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: 
 
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Wind Slab

Layer/Depth:


Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Unreactive

Spatial Distribution:

Terrain
  Problem 2 Comments: 
 Comments: Really a toss up between wind slabs and wet loose as primary concern today. By tomorrow I'd imagine that loose concerns will pretty easliy trump wind slabs, but its hard to turn one's back on december slabs on a MF crust.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results:
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Good Confidence: Trend:
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Widespread softening/moistening of the snow surface today on solar aspects, particularly at middle elevations. However, very minor wet lose activity observed, mostly in the form a few bigger roller balls and pinwheels. Temperature inversion between lower and middle elevations but mixing caused by upper elevations winds seemed to be keeping things pretty cold in the alpine. With a solid refreeze tonight it seems like tomorrow is likely the make or break day for wet loose activity. Wind slabs were unreactive today.
FILE ATTACHMENTS

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Wet lose debris below Titus, southwesterly aspect, low-mid elevation.