Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: False Peak

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Lots of whumphing/shooting cracks in valley flats, none on the sw aspect.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mid 20's, calm wind / up valley flow, sunny skies / valley fog

Snow surface

4" settled powder where protected, wind affected and scoured elsewhere.


Snow depth varied considerably, especially where wind effected, 0-140cm depths were observed. Shallow snowpack was abundant, on pole tests 20-60cm hard/wind slabs sat on 10cm of facets.

First pit was protected by some hemlock, not representative of open slope, 2900' sw aspect, 25° slope, 90cm total depth, ect 15 @ 40cm q2

Pit 2, located near leeward side of rock band's prevailing winds, 3550' sw aspect, 30° slope, 140 cm depth, ectn, pried loose on shovel shear with strong sustained effort at 40cm, stubborn slab was 1f hard on a thin old surface hoar sandwiched between more 1f hard. Facets at ground.