Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: peak 3

Route & General Observations

Quick tour to peak 3. Light blowing snow, possible graupel and strong gusts.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Pockets of fresh wind slab (~4" thick) within 100 feet of summit produced shooting cracks. Clean sheer from melt/freeze surface.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly cloudy, light snow but gusts created obvious snow transport.

Snow surface

Pockets of fresh snow and wind slab but mostly supportable melt/freeze crust. Hard to determine amount of new snow with wind distribution, but probably only around 1 inch.