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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 03.02.18 End Date: 03.02.18
 Drainage/Route:  Easley Hot Springs / Baker Ck Observed Terrain:  6500 - 7284', aspect 288 Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 50 HST: Sky: BKN Precip: Temps:
 Ridgeline Wind: Calm
 Blowing Snow: Snow Available for Transport: Large amounts
 Comments: PS 30-35cm, PB to your neck.
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
 Comments: numerous as noted in SAC obs for boulder/ smokey. for WRV also 5-6 x SS-NS-R1-D1-U seen on lower north aspects on baldy from warm springs.
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: 135 @ 7284ft on NW aspect 
 Upper Pack: 50-55 cm (HN24) F PP 
 Middle Pack: FC-cr-FC combo - down 85cm (2/14) with overlying 1mm FC being LOC.  
 Lower Pack: another FC- cr combo down 95cm, then more advanced facets 3mm, then DH 4-5 mm down 125 to basal.  
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Persistent Slab

Layer/Depth:
down 85

Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Reactive

Spatial Distribution:
Widespread
Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: LOC- aspects based on areas observed/ dug. seemed reactive on tests and suspect layer of failure during collapses with travel
 
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Storm Slab

Layer/Depth:
down to 50cm

Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Not Observed

Spatial Distribution:
Widespread
Terrain
  Problem 3 Comments: suspect still potential with new snow in 1st 24hr. no obs of actual failures. CT bkn in this layer
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: ECTP 24 down 85 on 2/14, PST 20/100 end x 2
OBVIOUS SIGNS OF INSTABILITY
 Marked with checkmark if observed:
 Cracking (widespread)    
 Collapsing (widespread)    
 Comments: on slope angles of 25-28 would propagate some failures up to 15m. suspect PWL noted based on stability tests noted above.
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Poor Confidence: Trend: