Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Glen Alps

Route & General Observations

We took three different groups to three areas… little O’Malley, False Peak, and Flattop to assess snowpack.

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

A couple of wind slabs on small test slopes released.

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

Weather started cloudy with a little bit of clearing by the end of our field day.
Winds were light from the east at times with some new snow blowing after 14:00.

Snow surface

1 " of fresh snow on top of the old surface.
Supportable crust at times below, soft snow in protected areas.
Wind skin and wind crust in specific terrain features.


We got several pits.
Consensus were as follows:

Flattop at 2300', NW aspect, SA: 18°:
CT7 Q1
ECTN12 18 below.

False Peak, 2000', W aspect, SA: 15.
CT29 Q2
ECTN29 18 down

LITTLE O'MALLEY, 2300', S aspect, 28°.
CT23 Q2
ECTN25 25 down
HS: 120
On an interface of some near surface facets below a small crust. Mixed with some old decomposing particles.

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