Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Rusty Point

Route & General Observations

Ascended the west face of Rusty Point from Middle Fork Trail up to 3,100ft. Skied down the gully.
Just enough snow to skin on the trails. Enough snow for turns above ~2,000ft, great skiing above 2,600′.
Super loose snow over the slippery crust made me wish for ski crampons.
Very few small pockets of wind slab found.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

I test cut a few steeper roll overs while on the way up. These generated dry loose sloughs that accelerated very quickly and ran far, though they did not entrain more snow beyond the initial cut width.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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20f and cloudy, little to no wind.
Started snowing lightly about noon, increased throughout the afternoon. About 1" fell in 3hrs.


Top layer is 20-30cm of very loose and dry facets above 2000 ft (10-20cm below 2000 ft)
denser and wetter (20f) new snow building on top throughout the afternoon.

The loose facets are over a hard base crust, except below ~1800ft where there is no crust base, just loose snow over dirt.
Thickness of base crust builds with elevation.