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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 03.23.17 Name: Savage Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Boulder Ck/Dry Canyon (rec trip) Observed Terrain:  6450-8600', everything except NE Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 0 HST: 0 Sky: CLR Precip: Temps:
 Ridgeline Wind: Light and Intermittent from the W
 Blowing Snow: Prev Snow Available for Transport: None
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
 No. Location Date Size Type Trigger Aspect Elevation Comments
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: Not observed 
 Upper Pack: Corn on supportable frozen crust on most aspects. A little punchy at 1400hrs on mid elevation due south. On shady slopes above about 8300', 1-2cm of wet DF going through 1st melt freeze cycle today. Some cooked/weathered small, thin wind slabs just below cornices on E (Dry Canyon) side of ridge.  
 Middle Pack: Not observed. 
 Lower Pack: Not observed.  
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Cornice Fall

Layer/Depth:


Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:
Stubborn

Spatial Distribution:
Specific
Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: Some big chunks have already broken off on warm days, creating large snails. More of this action should occur with next sustained heat wave.
 Comments: Wet loose wasn't an issue from 1200-1400. Wind slabs were small+isolated+weathered and unreactive.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: No formal tests performed.
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Very Good Confidence: HIGH Trend:
 Comments (aspects and elevations of instability, etc): SW and W may have transient wet loose issues this afternoon, but there was nothing going on from noon to 2pm.
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: Great corn conditions and very good stability with a good freeze last 2 nights.