Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Glen Alps, Chugach Front Range

Route & General Observations

Toured from Glen Alps PL up over Blueberry Knob, then off the SE end of the knob and along the NE aspect of Flattop. From my perspective did not observe any recent avalanches other than a small point release below rocks on the NW aspect of Flattop.


Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None, other than a recent? small point release 50x100ft below rocks on the NW aspect of Flattop. Observed old avalanche debris at base of Wind Tunnel path. That slope is looking very fat right now. It has run at least 2x during this past winter (pic).

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy with calm winds. At 1400 was 37deg.

Snow surface

Surface snow was a real mixed bag, ranging from dry 4F snow in lower elevation protected areas to a combo wind slab and ice on ridgetops. Southern exposures showing signs of a weak sun crust.


Did a quick pit on the NW aspect of Blueberry Knob at 2490ft. Aspect = 325deg, SA = 23deg. HS = 145cm. CT12 @10cm down, CT22 @35cm down. Slab composed of fine rounds broke on underlying MF crust (pic).
Did another quick pit on the NE aspect of Flattop at 2492ft. SA = 15deg. HS = 230cm. CT20@10cm down, CT23@20cm down, CT29@30cm down. Slabs all varying densities of small rounds from 1F – P. (pic)
No sign of recent surface hoar or buried hoar in any of the pits dug.
Both pits were shallow and not deep enough to expose any deep-seated weak layers.