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Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: North Bowl

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Route & General Observations

Ascended to Hunter Pass, skied North Bowl from summit. Ascended via NW aspect of north ridge, skied NE meadows to car. Great soft, settled powder on northern aspects.

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Observer Comments

None.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Temp around 30*F, wind light gusting to moderate from SSE.

Snow surface

Supportable 2-4 cm crust on any aspects that have been touched by the sun. The crust did not significantly soften up on east aspects by the afternoon, but was soft on west aspects by 3 pm. 10 cm soft, settled powder on north aspects.

Snowpack

Hand pits revealed a potentially touchy, but very spatially variable snowpack. Hand pit on north aspect failed with difficult effort on basal facets down 40 cm. Second hand pit higher up on same aspect failed with moderate effort on very intact BSH down 30 cm between 1F hard wind slab and P hard wind slab. Third hand pit was tough to isolate as there was a 1F+ slab to punch through, but did manage to fail on isolation on basal facets.

Several chunks of cornice recently broke off the summit of North Bowl. No avalanches were triggered.

Several D2 avalanches on upper elevation west aspects from the storm cycle.