Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Ptarmigan peak

Route & General Observations

Walked up the Rabbit creek trail to mid slope Ptarmigan dug at 3400 ft. Mostly rocky thin snow pack and wind effected except for the flats.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Grey with weather coming in and light winds gusting to moderate maybe 15 degrees.

Snow surface

light powder, wind blown sastrugi.


I was able to get Propagation to the ground in an ECT test. ECTP 17 --> 65 cm HS, a touch of surface windblown snow on a melt freeze crust with 10 cms of facets under it. Then a 1F+ slab for 40 cms on top of another 10 cms of basal facets on the ground. Ended up skiing from there.