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Observation Date: 
1/19/2018
Observer Name: 
Mark Staples
Location Name or Route: 
NW Bowl of 10420
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Weather Comments: 
Cloudy, temps just starting to cool. Storm coming
Snow Characteristics
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

Dense settled powder. Snowpack is very supportable on skis, boards or machines. However - step out of your skis and you sink to the ground.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Poor Snowpack Structure
Snow Profile
Aspect: 
Northeast
Elevation: 
9800
Slope Angle: 
29
Comments: 

Surface snow was warm and dense with old surface hoar flakes lying flat. Not a concern in this location.

Sinking to the ground is the most relevant piece of information. It's just a matter of how much of a load it will take to get avalanches breaking on faceted layers. There are plenty of faceted layers for an avalanche to choose from.

Stability/snowpack test results show that the facets seem to be adjusting quite well to last week's load of new snow. I dont know what load tonight will reactivate them - however, this storm will give us good information. For Saturday, I wouldn't trust this snowpack - Its guilty until provent innocent.

Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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