Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak 3

Route & General Observations

Skin/boot packed up trying to stay up on the ridge above the main gully as much as possible. Shallow re-freeze of the top layer, collapsing through to some wet soggy snow on west-facing slopes. Snow is frozen and crusty at the top and thin cover at the bottom. There are a couple snow bridges that are on their last legs, can hear and see the water rushing underneath.

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

Punching through a shallow crust into wet soggy snow. A shallow re-freeze with weak layers.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partially cloudy, temps in the 40s, did appear that snow near summit froze overnight, but not the case in all areas.

Snow surface

Frozen crust at the top, some corn in the mid-elevations, wet and punchy in areas, especially lower elevations.