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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 12.29.17 Name: Wieland, Savage Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Baker Ck and E Fork Baker Ck Observed Terrain:  6600-8900 Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 2cm HST: 2cm Sky: SCT Precip: Temps: warm
 Ridgeline Wind: Light from the W
 Blowing Snow: None Snow Available for Transport:
 Comments: No new snow down low with only a few cm's fresh near Baker Lake.
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: 70-100cm near Baker Lake. Much shalloer at similar elevation (~50cm) up E. Fork Baker near Fox Pk.  
 Upper Pack: A few cms new over snow from past week or small wind slabs. Generally sitting on very weak FC either over 12/19 or just very weak FC over Thanksgiving crust. Below crusts generally exhibited very weak FC to near ground. Obvious change on the southern end of this zone when compared to areas that have received more snow such as galena. Still many bare or almost bare south slopes up to 8000'. Hand shears breaking on both 12/19 and Thanksgiving structures. 
 Middle Pack:  
 Lower Pack:  
STABILITY TESTS
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SNOW STABILITY
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BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Area near Baker lake still pretty shallow with lots of rocks poking out. Did not observe any recent activity and likely little changed with storm missing this area. A fairly weak and shallow snowpack at middle elevations. Only found single thin crust/ice layer that formed near thanksgiving with weak FC above/below near Fox pk. Generally just had obs near roads as breaking in new sleds was part of objective and shallow snowpack kept us from much offroad travel. Do think things would get ugly if this snowpack was loaded with a hefty storm but still watching the slow creep up of upper snowpack consolidation..