Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak 4

Route & General Observations

Upper Canyon road for a regular dog walk… Weather approached fast. Winds from the E and then NE.

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

A couple of wind slabs were prior to that day in some convexities. Newer slabs started to form as we progressed.

I got three whoomphing collapses without propagation. Slabs was breaking on the old interface under ~6 CMS at places.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Windy and getting obscured faster. We started with good visibility, as we continued we turned around when we couldn't see much across the canyon.

Snow surface

Variable, pockets of good snow, pockets on wind slab.

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