Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Eklutna

Route & General Observations

We went to check out the weather and snowpack in Eklutna. Now with some fresh wind cohesion to unify the poor structure underneath, it looks like Eklutna usually does.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Whumphs as soon as we crested into the alpine. Relatively easy to trigger, audible propagation through the isolated pocket we tested. There are widespread basal facets wherever the snow is thin. It appeared that the snow was thin (0-3 feet) broadly in the alpine. Lower down where more shelter is present and a slightly thicker snowpack (3+ feet) exists in places. We found plenty of basal facets in our sub alpine hand pit but more integrity than the thin snow in the alpine. On the ski down we noted cracking on isolated wind loaded slopes.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Sun, clouds

Snow surface

Occasional light to moderate wind effect