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SIMPLE OBSERVATION FORM
 Date: 01.26.18
 Location:  Mine Bender Zone/Region:  Wood River Valley
 Activity:   Skiing
OBVIOUS SIGNS OF INSTABILITY
 Marked with checkmark if observed:
  Cracking (widespread)   Collapsing (widespread)
MESSAGE
 Comments: A hasty pit at 8,800 feet indicated a weak layer of facets underneath an obvious slab 50cm from the surface of the snow. This slab was easily separated from the weak layer with a little bit of hand pressure. I did not perform any compression tests.

Wind loading was also present near ridge lines. Wind slabs seemed to have formed recently.

We experienced widespread cracking and collapsing throughout our tour, above 7,500 feet. Snow depth is very aspect dependent out East Fork, but where there is snow, it seems to be very sensitive and unstable. We experienced more cracking and collapsing on our descent, but no avalanches were triggered. We stayed on terrain under 30, skied one at a time, and kept things mellow. The avalanche conditions on Mind Bender seemed high, and weak layers seemed much more active and easier to trigger than I expected after skiing in the Smoky/Boulders a few days prior.
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Shooting crack while putting in the skin track.

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Aspect dependent snow pack