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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 03.15.18 Name: Wieland Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Salt Bowns/Miller Observed Terrain:  5600-9000' Zone/Region:  Soldier Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: HST: 2-8cm Sky: VAR Precip: Temps:
 Ridgeline Wind: Light from the W
 Blowing Snow: Snow Available for Transport:
 Comments: Some squally moving through during the day with a few brief periods of sunshine in the southern soldiers. Sunshine was enough to soften some of the steeper southerly facing crusts a bit.
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: Highly variable depending on aspect/elevation. Old crown near Couch Summit where I made past video has almost melted out. 
 Upper Pack: 2-8cm PP over rain crust that became very faint around 7800'. all low elevations have thick 2-15cm MFcr along with middle elev SW/S/SE. Middle elev E/W crust is still a few cms thick but weaker. 
 Middle Pack: Recent storms consolidated into 50-100cm 4F->1F slab over crust/FC combo or FC depending on elevation on shaded slopes. Most solars are well consolidated and moist and no glaring weak layers were found.  
 Lower Pack:  
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Persistent Slab

Layer/Depth:
50-100cm

Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Stubborn

Spatial Distribution:
Widespread
Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: Didn't get into upper elevations for this problem. More reactive over here than was observed last weekend near Peak 2 where more snow had recently fallen. Tough to call things unreactive in this areas with 100cm sitting over 15cm 4F- DH/FC.
 Comments: Did not encounter any recent wind transport on Miller and glassing up high didn't reveal any clues that those slopes had any wind deposits.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: N 7600' - ECTX x2, PST 42/100 END on 4F FC down 70cm
N 9000' - ECTX, PST 47/105 END on 4F- FC down 105cm
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Confidence: Trend:
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Road from Couch is hurting for snow, as are all low elevations now and some steep S middle elevations. Solid crust on those slopes made for easy travel and acess is still good. Recent storm snow has gained lots of strength and are 1F slabs resting over FC and FC/crusts that show little signs of healing other than improved PST scores. I think it's bordering on unlikely to trigger these slabs unless you're finding shallow areas which I think could be easier on some of the more winded slopes.