Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: South Fork Eagle River

Route & General Observations

Quick lunch break lap to South Fork Eagle River. Whiteout conditions up in the alpine could not see anything above Hunter Pass at around 2pm.

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

Active snow transport in upper elevations.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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27°F at 12PM at TH. Low clouds

Snow surface

About 2 -3 inches of snow. Never stopped snowing during my tour. Variable depth of soft snow on crust from 1-2 inches up to 6-8 inches in collection zones. Enough to enjoy a few turns without hitting the crust in the gullies bellow treeline.


Dug a quick snow pit that required effort to break though a stout melt freeze crust 5cm down and a thick cluster of rounding facets beneath it at about treeline at 2700'
HS 215cm
ENE Aspect/ 31° slope
CT 9 Q3 5cm down
ECTN 9 5cm down

This snowpack seemed to have started a transition to spring with clustered rounding facets beneath a stout melt freeze crust. A little deeper around 125cm down you could find sugary snow in that location. But I only got results deeper the snowpack (40cm and 125cm) with shovel shear test

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