Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: McHugh Peak

Route & General Observations

Toured up the NW ridge of McHugh, skied a W aspect gully.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Collapsing on rotten isothermal snow over vegetation. Collapses had a radius of 10-15 feet.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mid 40's, light wind. Abundant sunshine.

Snow surface

Snow was completely isothermal on south and west aspects. Beads of water were forming on the surface on southern-most aspects. Aspects with any northernly tilt whatsoever ranged from 1-2 cm thick corn on a supportable crust, or had a thin, but supportable and firm ice lens.


No formal stability tests. Pole probing and skinning revealed that the snow was completely isothermal on S and W aspects by 7 pm. Spatially variable depths that were thinnest on SW aspects, ranging from bare to 2 ft deep. Deeper snow suspected in wind blown areas. A lot of shrubbery popping through the snow surface.

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