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Observations

Region: Chugach State Park
Location: Ptarmigan Peak, North Face, Bottom of S-couloir
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Route & General Observations

From Power-line trail, up the bench below Ptarmigan’s North Face, across the boulder field and into the bottom of S-couloir.

Red Flags

Observer Comments

Nothing observed

Weather

Weather

High winds, no precip, warm 32F.

Snow Characteristics

Snow surface

The surface was a mix of scoured rock, scoured old melt-freeze crusts, and more recently deposited wind slab.

Snowpack

No formal tests were performed. Hand sheer tests showed a softish slab with poor bonding to the snow beneath (where there was snow beneath it). Collapsing/whumphing of the wind deposits was expected but not observed.



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