Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak 3

Route & General Observations

Skied up P3 to 3k ft.

Weather: around freezing or slightly below, with light wind felt where skiing, but higher wind speeds along ridgetops as noted by flagging.

Height of storm snow varied between 0 inch and 22 inches due to the wind. In protected areas in the alders, it was about 6 inches. In the gut of the gully, average was maybe around 11 inches.

In less wind affected areas, the new snow was right side up and showed there was a temperature gradient during the storm: dry F snow on top of slightly moist 4F then 1F snow (or perhaps the 1F layer is from the snowfall prior to this?).

In more wind-affected areas, it was slabby: 1F windslab on top of 4F snow on top of 1F slightly moist snow.

Skiing was fantastic, enjoyed first tracks on the way down.

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