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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 04.05.18 Name: Savage Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Couch Summit area and Soldier Ck Observed Terrain:  lower and middle elevations to 6800' Zone/Region:  Soldier Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 0 HST: 0 Sky: X Precip: RV Temps: 42F @6800'
 Ridgeline Wind:
 Blowing Snow: Snow Available for Transport: None
 Comments: Where did all the snow go...
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: 0-20cm, over 80% was 0cm (dirt) 
 Upper Pack: where there's snow, it's all been wet and has good drainage established 
 Middle Pack:  
 Lower Pack:  
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results:
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Confidence: Trend:
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: I went to the Soldier Mts to evaluate how access is, how much snow is left, and to get info on how the snow might react to the impending rain event. Access is pretty much gone (see photos), the snowpack is mostly gone below 7000' (photos), and I couldn't bear to ride that much dirt on new sleds to gather information about what's going on above 8000'. We are currently evaluating when to stop forecasting for this zone, and it could be as soon as now.
FILE ATTACHMENTS

180405_CouchSummit.jpg
Driving a truck to near the top of Couch Summit (about 6800'). Not much snow to be seen...

180405_SoldierSkiArea_SoldierCk_access.jpg
Access from the north end of the Soldier Mt Ski Area parking lot is also grim.