Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Front Range - Rabbit Creek

Route & General Observations

Post work (almost) solstice ski tour in the front range.

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)?No
Observer Comments

Several large collapses below tree line in areas unaffected by recent winds. As soon as we broke above treeline we could feel a stiffer wind slab below our skis/ drag storm snow and did not get any more whumphs.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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New snow: ~8-10” from yesterday (12/19).
Wind: non existent
Temp: low 20’s at trailhead.
Sky cover: low fog deck stuck in the Anchorage bowl all day. Above ~1,000’ it was blue skies and beautiful!

Snow surface

8-10” dry snow capped by ~1mm surface hoar. No wind affect yet.

Blissful pow turns in this December light!


Dug a pit at 2,400’. HS: 125cm. NW aspect. 26 deg slope. ECTN 22 down 40cm, below ~10” thick wind slab.

1F facets above the Thanksgiving crust but no formal results in the facets.
Once I pried on the block, it did break clean and fast within the 1F facets above the TG crust.

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