Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: South Fork of Eagle River

Route & General Observations

Standard up track up to North Bowl to check out the snowpack at higher elevations.

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

12:30 pm- cold, clear, no wind, no precip
1:30 pm- cold, clear, light breeze from the North, no precip
2:45 pm- cold, clear, no wind, no precip

Snow surface

The snow surface was variable. In most locations, there was a punchy breakable wind crust. Sastrugi and wind ripples were observed at various times on the skin track. We did observe rimed surface hoar on top of the sastrugi and wind ripples.


Snowpack depth varied from bare ground to over 8 feet deep. We dug one pit along the ridge next to North Bowl.

Location: South Fork of Eagle River
Elevation: 4,000'
Aspect: N
Slope: 18 degrees
Test: ECTP16 about 6" down on wind slab and near surface facets interface

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