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PROFESSIONAL OBSERVATION FORM
 Start Date: 04.05.17 Name: Savage Operation: SAC
 Drainage/Route:  Titus Ridge to Upper Titus Weather Station Observed Terrain:  8600-10000', most aspects Zone/Region:  Smoky & Boulder Mountains
WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
 HN24: 0 HST: 0 Sky: SCT Precip: Temps: warm
 Ridgeline Wind: Light and Intermittent from the W
 Blowing Snow: None Snow Available for Transport: Small amounts
AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
 No. Location Date Size Type Trigger Aspect Elevation Comments
SNOWPACK OBSERVATIONS
 HS: Not observed 
 Upper Pack: Lots of variability: DF on due north above ~9600', some small SH in places, some FC in places, ...on W-NW and E-NE=firm and breakable and razor crusts, FC, rounding FC, some SH on surface, some radiation recrystallization FC above thin crust...also a little corn on S-SW-W below 9600' later in the afternoon. Heat and sun were cooking the surface weak layers on all but due N and were making the snow moist below about 9600 on due N.  
 Middle Pack: Not observed 
 Lower Pack: Not observed 
AVALANCHE PROBLEM ASSESSMENT
Avalanche Characteristics
Character/Avalanche Problem:
Cornice Fall

Layer/Depth:


Likelihood of Triggering
Sensitivity:


Spatial Distribution:
Widespread
Terrain
  Primary Concern Comments: Not a huge problem today in particular but it was the most significant hazard up there.
 Comments: As long as you didn't trigger/fall off a cornice, there were no real avalanche problems where I was from 1330-1600hrs.
STABILITY TESTS
 Stability Test Results: None performed
SNOW STABILITY
 Snow Stability Rating for your observed area: Very Good Confidence: MODERATE Trend:
 Comments (aspects and elevations of instability, etc): I didn't jump on the few lingering wind pillows I saw, but they were small+isolated+weathered. Not enough snow and sun/heat for significant WL problems.
BOTTOM LINE
 Comments: More variability in surface and near surface conditions than typically seen between 9000-10000'. No widespread, alarming surface weak layers observed, but there will be some touchy slabs due to alpine crusts if it snows and blows for real in the next few days.