Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Falls Creek

Route & General Observations

Standard track up Falls Creek. We walked in ski boots for the first ~1/4 mile of the trail before we could find consistent snow to skin on. Expect some Devil’s Club and willow dodging on your descent.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Whiteout and low visibility for most of the tour, snowing about a cm/hour, no wind with light gusts from the SE

Snow surface

At lower elevations, there was ~2"-5" of new snow. When we got back in the main Falls Creek Bowl there was up to ~1" of fresh snow.


The snowpack was significantly different than what we've been seeing in the majority of the Chugach State Park.

There was ~20 cm of newer snow on a melt-freeze crust. We got ECTP4 on the thin layer of facets underneath the new snow and on the melt-freeze crust. Under that, we found more facets with a melt-freeze crust roughly halfway through the snowpack.

Similar to our snowpit on Peak 4- this snowpit was also looking "wintery" (meaning it was not rounding and had a lot of facet layers).

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