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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 01.27.18 Name: Savage Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Warm Springs Ck (Baldy sidecountry) Observed Terrain:  NW, N, 9150-8700 Zone/Region:  Wood River Valley
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 2cm HST: 5cm Sky: X Precip: Temps:
 Ridgeline Wind: Light from the Variable
 Blowing Snow: None Snow Available for Transport: Small amounts
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
 No. Location Date Size Type Trigger Aspect Elevation Comments
 1 Baldy Sidecountry 1 U NW 8850 small pocket in Christmas Eve Chute at the top, unknown trigger or date
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: 20-65cm 
 Upper Pack: new snow and then FC, some decomposing crusts 
 Middle Pack: FC/DH and some decomposing crusts, Thanksgiving crust 
 Lower Pack: Thanksgiving crust matrix (ice/melt freeze/DH) 
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Persistent Slab

Layer/Depth:
20-40cm

Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Unreactive

Spatial Distribution:
Specific
Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: No collapsing. Terrible structure, but it needs more of a load to be a widespread problem.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: None performed
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Good Confidence: MODERATE Trend:
FILE ATTACHMENTS

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65cm deep snowpack on NW slopes at 8850. FC layers in upper pack excavated. Thanksgiving crust is the obvious grey layer half way up.

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Snowpit dug in the Baldy sidecountry in the Warm Springs Ck drainage.