Observation: Portage / Placer

Location: Skookum G. Valley

Route & General Observations

Up Skookum Valley to upper glacier, ~3200’. Several storm slabs seen on all aspects and elevations. All appeared to be running on 3/5 interface, nothing deeper.
Wet loose on Solar aspects and definitely started to feel a sun crust on steeper southerlies after 4p.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sun/ high clouds later in the day.

Snow surface

12-16” pow. Sun crust forming on steeper southerlies after 4p.


No snow pit. Recent storm slabs were telling us what we wanted to know, combined with Chugach Avy info this morning. Forecast verified! 👌🏽

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