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Observations

Region: Anchorage Front Range
Location: Bear Valley
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Route & General Observations

Toured up ridge line above Brewsters Dr

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches?NoCollapsing (Whumphing)?YesCracking (Shooting cracks)?No

Observer Comments

Localized whomping, primarily in and around Alders.

Weather

Weather

Clear skies, litle wind(<5km/hr), air temp -2*C

Snow Characteristics

Snow surface

below tree line, generally good skiing conditions were found. Top ~20cm of snow pack is heavily faceted.

Snowpack

Heavily variable snow depth, however, consistently poor structure. Primary layers of concern were a burried surface hoar layer ~30cm from surface, and basal facets and depth hoar. Test results from SW aspect, 26* slope, HS of 80, @ 2400 feet: ECTP10 30cm from surface on burried surface hoar. Basal facets were not found to be reactive.



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