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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 03.09.18 Name: Wieland Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Peak 2 Observed Terrain:  5800-9500' Zone/Region:  Soldier Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 2-3cm HST: 2-3cm Sky: OVC Precip: S-1 Temps:
 Ridgeline Wind: Moderate and Gusty from the NW
 Blowing Snow: Prev Snow Available for Transport:
 Comments: Mostly overcast skies with small periods of obscured. Snowing very lightly for small periods from 10am-2pm with little accumulation. Some snow moving but mostly saltation.
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: 130-170cm on N/E/SE from 7700-8800. 
 Upper Pack: Crusts (some not refrozen well) on solars with a few cms hst in sheltered terrain. Wind slabs with ECTP's on the harder end (25+) near Peak 2 ridge.  
 Middle Pack: Stronger than the snowpack closer to couch summit which follows a previous wieland/vandenbos ob. Mostly 4f->1F going to several cm crust down 70-110cm. FC rounding above and below crust. No results on that layer.  
 Lower Pack: Strong FC near ground. 
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Persistent Slab

Layer/Depth:
50-110

Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Stubborn

Spatial Distribution:

Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: Sensitivity more on the unreactive-stubborn spectrum for the Peak 2 area.
 
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Wind Slab

Layer/Depth:


Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:


Spatial Distribution:

Terrain
  Problem 2 Comments: I bet there were some isolated wind slabs that you could trigger up high today. Most snow had already moved so needed the higher wind speeds in alpine to build anything.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: ECTP's in the upper 20's on wind slabs in the upper 30cm where i dug. PST 96/100 END on a north slope @7600' with the relatively weakest FC i had seen during the day.
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Confidence: Trend:
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Better looking snowpack (stronger FCs and thinner layer thicknesses) than was observed last week around Couch Summit. Could still see old crown near Peak 1/Peak 2 saddle so not much loading has happened since then. Also, cat road that was put in last Sunday was still easy to navigate with only a few small drifts to get around. Low elevation solars snowpack quickly disappeared with post storm wind and warm temps/sun along with some middle elevation steep direct south slopes going back to sage also. Winter quickly came back for the southern Soldiers and hopefully the warm temps don't kill access.