Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Ptarmigan Peak, North Face, S-couloir

Route & General Observations

Descended S-couloir on Ptarmigan peak

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Nothing observed

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear, calm, mild temps

Snow surface

Various forms of wind impacted snow. Soft slab to impenetrable hard slab.


Attempted a couple hand pits, the common theme was pencil wind slab on top of pencil to 1F sugary snow. The snow pack was so stiff it was hard to get down more than 6 or so inches. See photo of the couloir, it tells most of the story.

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