Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Bowls to the West of Harp

Route & General Observations

Skied up from the Harp Trailhead. Approximately 8 inches of new snow overnight. Some low clouds and fog initially.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Low clouds and fog gave way to unexpected but beautiful sun

Snow surface

Light dry snow w/ 15-20cm ski penetration. No red flags observed. Excellent skiing!


As is typical for the area there was high spatial variability, especially near the ridge and prominent terrain features. We dug two pit at about 4000 feet, one south facing and one SE facing. There was a thin hard wind slab vs ice crust 50-80cm down. Basal facets were present. Otherwise snowpack was largely "right-side up" with progressively denser snow. ECT testing showed ECTN14 at the old snow new snow interface approximately 20cm down and then ECTN23 50cm down above the crust.

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