Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak Three

Route & General Observations

Standard up track to Peak Three to assess conditions. We were primarily focused on looking at persistent slab problems at higher elevations and seeing how the recent winds are affecting the snowpack.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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10:15 am Overcast, light winds, snow flurries
11:15 am broken skies, moderate winds at ridgetops, no precip
1:00 pm overcast, light winds, snow flurries

Snow surface

The snow surface was wind-affected with both scoured and wind-loaded areas with a thin layer (less than one inch) of snow from the snow flurries on our tour.


Snow depths ranged greatly on our tour. We observed bare ground to over 4 feet (+120cm) in wind-deposited locations.

Location: Peak Three
Elevation: Two pits were dug at 3,000'
Aspects: West
Test Results: We observed propagation (showing poor stability) on the facet layer between the melt-freeze crust and the wind slab roughly 40cm down from the snow surface (ECTP10 in one pit and ECTP14 in the other).

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