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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 04.13.19 Name: Lundy Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Titus Ridge Observed Terrain:  8600-9900', SE-E-NE Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 4cm HST: Sky: FEW Precip: Temps:
 Ridgeline Wind: Light from the S
 Blowing Snow: Snow Available for Transport: Small amounts
 Comments: Quick trip from 1100-1330. S winds picked up around 1300 and were nudging into the MOD range. Significant solar input but temps in shade were staying relatively cool.

Increasing high clouds trending to OVC in the Sawtooths by mid afternoon.
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
 No. Location Date Size Type Trigger Aspect Elevation Comments
 1 N of Titus Peak Within past week 2 SS N NE 9800 Wind loaded slope near the end of the storm
 1 S of Bromaghin Within past week 2 SS N NE 10100 Wind loaded slope midstorm
 1 Titus Lake Chutes Today 1 WL AS E 9700 Ski cutting around noon produced small, slow WL consisting of newer snow on underlying crust. More like D.5. Could have been more significant in steeper terrain or later in the day.
 Comments: See photos
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS:  
 Upper Pack: Increasing amounts of recent snow on crusts with elevation. Ranging from very little at 9000' to 15cm of dry snow on shady slopes near 10k'. Solars above 9500' consist of a mix of transitional moist snow and breakable crusts. Below 9500', solars are more supportable and corn-like. 
 Middle Pack:  
 Lower Pack:  
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Wet Loose

Layer/Depth:


Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Reactive

Spatial Distribution:
Specific
Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: Consisting of recent snow sliding on crusts at upper elevations and more "classic" surface melting on mid elevations
 Comments: No wind slabs observed on Titus Ridge - likely only an issue in true alpine terrain over 10k'
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: Mid elevation SE was generally unsupportable by 1100. Traversing E and SE mid elevation slopes at 1330 was a bit exciting - ski pen into wet snow was 30-40cm at times.
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Confidence: Trend:
 Comments (aspects and elevations of instability, etc): Moderate danger for wet slide danger. No wind slab problem existed.
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Decent powder on supportable crust conditions on upper elevation NE-N-NW. Best corn-like conditions were below 9500' on solars - below 9000' is probably even better.
FILE ATTACHMENTS

190413_titus_slab_NE_9800.jpg
Late storm slab just north of Titus Peak

190413_bromaghin_NE_10100.jpg
Mid storm slab between Bromaghin and Saviers Peak.

190413_titus_WL_ASc.jpg
Small WL ski cut at 1200 on E, 9700'. Recent snow on crust