Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Ship creek

Route & General Observations

Skinned into ship creek to check how the wind had treated the current snow pack. I found that the wind had funneled from the south through the valley creating small patches of wind slab on all ridges.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

All whumphing was on convexities and in small patches under 20 yards.
Shooting cracks within the wind slab, which in some places had multiple layers.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Wind of 10, gusts to 20. Patchy clouds and warm, 27.

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