Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Glen Alps Recreation Area

Route & General Observations

We went down the Powerline trail and up to the bench in between False Peak and the Wedge to gauge overall snown depth coverage for potential motorized opening.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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11:00 am- Clear skies, no wind, no precipitation
12: 30 pm- Clear skies, moderate winds from the SE through the pass, no precip
1: 00 pm - Broken skies, moderate winds from the SE, no precip
2:30 pm - Overcast skies, light winds from the SE, no precip

Snow surface

The snow surface was not loaded in most places we toured. The snow depth at the top of the bench and around the pass was thin coverage, ~5" deep. We could see active wind transport and flagging along most ridgetops.

In wind-sheltered areas, light, low-density snow was over 12" deep. The snow depth still varied a lot from 5" of snow from the last storm to over 8 feet deep in some spots.


We dug one snowpit at the base of False Peak. We did two ECT tests and did not see any propagation.

Height of Snow: 74 cm
Location: Base of False Peak
Elevation: 2,532'
Aspect: SW
Slope: 23 degrees
Test results: ECTN17 (down 10" from the snow surface, between the new snow and the crust).

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