Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak 3 Skin Track

Route & General Observations

I took the usual skin track up; small shooting cracks were observed on the top layer of new/wind blown snow.

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

Minor flagging at top of peak three ridge line.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly sunny with a few clouds. Very gentle breeze past tree line (<5 mph)

Snow surface

Combination of wind blown and new snow. Thin skin at upper elevations.


Hand pit dug at 61.08108° N, 149.66206° W. The base pack was very difficult to punch through with the grip of my pole. It took two hands to break the small slab shown in the picture, but it “popped” when I got it to released about 5”down on the new/old interface.

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