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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 04.01.19 Name: Davis Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Owl Creek Observed Terrain:  7000-9200, NW-N-E Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 0 HST: 0 Sky: OVC Precip: S-1 Temps:
 Ridgeline Wind: Calm
 Blowing Snow: Prev Snow Available for Transport: Small amounts
 Comments: Some diffuse sunshine early in the day, then very light dusting snow along the pass and south to the southern end of the Boulders.
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
None Reported
 Comments: No new avalanches
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS:  
 Upper Pack: Bullet hard upper pack on sunnier slopes and lower elevations that gradually separated into a mix of 1-3 crusts with dry-ish snow between. Good settled powder on north and northeast above about 8500'.

I found one outlier pocket of very advanced chains of 5mm facets under the recent snow on a true north at 9200'. In other areas with a slightly different pitch or aspect in the same general area this layer was a thin MFcr with subtle faceting beneath.  
 Middle Pack: n/o 
 Lower Pack: n/o 
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Wind Slab

Layer/Depth:
20 cm

Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Unreactive

Spatial Distribution:
Isolated
Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: There were some isolated, thin, older slabs along my ascent ridge lee to S and SE wind.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results:
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Very Good Confidence: HIGH Trend: Steady
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: The advanced facet chains under the most recent snowfall (down ~40 cm) were cool to look at but as far as I could tell were also fairly isolated. There are small facets under the uppermost crust at middle elevations. With a good load of new snow, it wouldn't surprise me to see a few slides in this mix-mash of crust and facet combos, but nothing I saw was particularly alarming.