Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Arctic Valley

Route & General Observations

Stayed in the ski area terrain under the t-bar

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

We didn't see any avalanches in the new snow, but visibility was very poor. On steeper rolls the new snow would crack out from skis but it was not consolidated enough for any real propagation.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Moderate snowfall during our tour (1-4 pm) with about 18" new storm snow at all elevations (2600 - 3600'). Winds were light out of the north at the ridge and calm at the base of the ski area. There was some snow being blown around at the top of the ridge but otherwise there is a lot of snow available for transport if the winds pick up.

Snow surface

About 18" of unconsolidated low density storm snow.


We didn't dig a pit or perform any formal tests because of the amount of skier traffic everywhere we went. The snow surface under the new snow was supportable and deep enough to cover most of the low shrubs on the runs we skied. There were still quite a few taller shrubs sticking out of the snowpack on the S facing aspects that we could see across the valley.