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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 03.20.19 Name: Savage Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Baker, Brodie Cks Observed Terrain:  mostly SW-S-SE-W, a little N and NW, 6700-9300' Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 0 HST: 0 Sky: CLR Precip: Temps: 20s F
 Ridgeline Wind: Moderate from the SE
 Blowing Snow: Prev Snow Available for Transport: None
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
 No. Location Date Size Type Trigger Aspect Elevation Comments
 4 Cunard-Baker Divide Older than a week 2.5 U N W 8500-9700' old persistent slabs from the February avalanche cycle
 1 Bear Peak Older than a week 2.5 U N W 9000' same as above
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: variable 100-160cm where checked, drifts and wind-loaded areas much deeper and harder 
 Upper Pack: crust/melt freeze on solars 1-10cm thick in morning, softening varied from barely/just at surface to 20cm in sheltered SW-S terrain by 1330hrs: variable wind blown/weathered surface on shadier slopes, but 1-5cm of softer snow in many places 
 Middle Pack: moist or damp RG+DF+mixed forms on sheltered mid-elevation solars, not observed on shady slopes 
 Lower Pack: not observed, just some pole probing 
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Wet Loose

Layer/Depth:
5-20cm

Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Unreactive

Spatial Distribution:
Specific
Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: Sheltered areas with a thin, soft snowpack could be a little more interesting tomorrow if it doesn't freeze tonight.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: None performed.
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Very Good Confidence: MODERATE Trend:
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Rock hard in the morning, tough to keep sleds cool. Too much wind today to warm/wet the snowpack all that much - only in sheltered terrain. Mediocre corn on partially sheltered, middle elevation SW around 1300. Corn got better as we descended. Firm, breakable crust on SE and S exposed to wind (near Brodie-Baker ridgeline). Near Baker Ck summer trailhead, sheltered southerly slopes had moist snow 40-100cm down from the surface; if it doesn't freeze for a night or 2, we could see some deeper WL or wet slabs in very isolated areas: thin total depth + soft snowpack layers throughout + sheltered from the wind + W-SW-S-SE exposures.