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ADVANCED OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 05.03.17
 Drainage/Route:  Galena Peak Observed Terrain:  7250-11150', S-SW-W-NW Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 0 HST: 0 Sky: CLR Precip: Temps: hot
 Ridgeline Wind: Calm
 Blowing Snow: Snow Available for Transport: None
 Comments: Hot day with almost no wind and very warm temps.
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
 No. Location Date Size Type Trigger Aspect Elevation Comments
 few Smoky and Boulder Yesterday 1 WL alpine SE and S aspects, 1 appeared ski triggered yesterday or day before near ridge at 11,000' and a couple small naturals
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: Not observed 
 Upper Pack: Corn on SE, S, SW, and sheltered W up to summit: getting wet/sloppy to 10cm on S and SE by 3pm: W and NW storm snow from past couple weeks going through transition from winter to spring with mix of corn+breakable+variable surfaces based on wind affect before heat wave: supportable all the way to Galena Lodge at 4pm. 
 Middle Pack:  
 Lower Pack:  
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Cornice Fall

Layer/Depth:


Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Not Observed

Spatial Distribution:
Specific
Where did you find this problem?
  Primary Concern Comments: Starting to hear a lot mmore water percolating in the snowpack above 10000' - large overhanging cornices are spooky looking, no idea when they'll start breaking on their own.
 
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Loose Wet

Layer/Depth:
5-15cm

Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Unreactive

Spatial Distribution:
Specific
Where did you find this problem?
  Problem 2 Comments: Good stability on these slopes today with a solid freeze last night.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: None performed
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Very Good Confidence: HIGH Trend:
 Comments (aspects and elevations of instability, etc): No real avalanche problems observed today besides cornices. Some rollerballs and pinwheels while skiing steep slopes but no wet loose (WL) slides.
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: As long as you stayed off the cornices today, you were hard pressed to find trouble - even if you were looking for it.The perfect corn window was probably noon-2pm in the alpine near Galena Peak. We were a little late but skiing was still very good with little/no wet loose avalanche hazard. Shady aspects were going through the transition from dry surface snow to melt freeze crystals and were not the greatest to travel on.
Savage - Sawtooth Avalanche Center