Support the forecast! Support the forecast!

Give to Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Info Center.

Observation: Girdwood

Location: Raggedtop

Date:
Observer:
Route & General Observations

NE aspect of Raggedtop to 2000′

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Widespread collapsing and shooting cracks. One collapse shook snow from an alder 20' away.

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

Graupel was falling off/on for about an hour.
Overcast to obscured
~20F
Winds were calm

Snow surface

~15" new - very loose and unconsolidiated

Snowpack

Very shallow snowpack! Dug a quick pit at 2000' and found well developed basal facets on the ground (10cm)
Two compression tests failed on isolation (CTVx2) and one CT11. See photo below. HS = 24" (60cm)

Hand pits were all failing on basal facets upon isolation or with easy pressure.

Photos & Video
Please upload photos below. Maximum of 5 megabytes per image. Click here for help on resizing images. If you are having trouble uploading please email images separately to staff.