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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 02.23.18 Name: Savage Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  glassing Ketchum to Smiley Ck and back: 1-4pm Observed Terrain:  visible from road, quick hand pits along highway Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: variable, 0-5cm HST: var, 4-15cm Sky: FEW Precip: Temps: 8-20F
 Ridgeline Wind: Light
 Blowing Snow: Prev Snow Available for Transport:
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
 No. Location Date Size Type Trigger Aspect Elevation Comments
 2 Saviers upper bowl Yesterday 2 SS N N 10300 N and NE, wind loaded alpine, only viewed debris in cirque
 1 Saviers Today 1.5 SS NL SE 9600 E/SE, pocket pulled out under cliffs/rockband when hit from above by sluff - appeared to be fresh/sun-induced sluff
 2 Saviers Today 1 L N E 9000 small sluffs in very steep, rocky terrain - fresh, appeared to be sun-induced
 Comments: Strange that I glassed thousands of acres while driving 30 miles each way and saw 5 recent avalanches...all on Saviers Peak.
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: not observed - roadside hand pits looking at surface 
 Upper Pack: Nice FC forming at/near surface today. Some SH in creek bottoms, unsure if it formed in starting zones last night.  
 Middle Pack:  
 Lower Pack:  
STABILITY TESTS
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SNOW STABILITY
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BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Obvious signs of wind-loading from past 24-48 hrs, especially in alpine terrain...but very little natural activity. Did not get warm enough today for much natural loose snow activity. Textbook near surface faceting conditions today created a nice weak layer - expect some aspects to be quite touchy at the current old/new interface with the next couple storms. And the crust+facet layer underneath last weekend's storm snow (2/14 layer) isn't done producing avalanches yet either. Expect to see some interesting avalanche activity with loading this weekend and early next week.