Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Glen Alps, between Flattop and False Peak

Route & General Observations

Today we toured along the north side of Flattop and over to False Peak. Beautiful day for learning avalanche avoidance skills!

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

We were able to trigger very small (about 3m across) windslabs in loaded areas on test slopes.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Cloudy, 20-30F, light N wind, no precipitation

Snow surface

Variable, sastrugi, smooth new and old windslab, nice powder in sheltered areas.


Variable. Hard windslab in many areas. Some areas had rounding basal facets, but other areas where glued to the tundra. We were able to trigger new layered windslab from the past couple days on steep rolls.

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