Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Arctic Valley

Route & General Observations

Skied the main north facing slope above the lodge. A few inches of new snow from the recent storm with a total snowpack that varied from 8-10” to scoured bare ground in other spots. A lot of wind effect with the new snow and on some northern aspect areas there was a soft wind slab layer below the new snow about 5” down from the surface (see photo).

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy, 5-10 mph north wind. See weather station info for wind and temp data.


Cut out a few blocks of snow down to the ground with a ski pole and the block easily collapsed with some hand pressure, failing on 1-2” of sugary snow on the ground surface. No shooting cracks or collapsing in these spots.

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