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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 01.16.18
 Drainage/Route:  Galena pass and heli terrain Observed Terrain:  Mostly TL and below Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: HST: Sky: Precip: Temps:
 Ridgeline Wind:
 Blowing Snow: Snow Available for Transport:
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results:
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Confidence: Trend:
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: A few things:
- unusual weather makes unusual avalanches. This year is as unusual as it gets.
- because of, both, the increased number of tourers and the limited terrain available at the pass, we have a degree of ski compaction never before seen in our area. It is important to recognize That when one is venturing out of this heavily skied zone, that the stability rules change radically.
- pit locations n is really tough. The amount of snow is below normal and the amount of wind is average, so wind exposed starting zones have weathered upper edges. From the air we saw many slides that pulled out mid slope, below the traditional crown line location. A pit dug anywhere in the weathered area will give you false data. Ski cuts done in the upper eaches of a slope will also give false stabile results.

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