Arctic Valley backcountry:
Eagle River – South Fork – Harp area:
Skied around Harp today. Observed eight recent natural slides on repeat offenders. Probably the worst whumping (collapsing) and shooting cracks I have ever seen. Everything slid to the ground/bushes as there is a very faceted basal weak layer.
We experienced a lot of whumphing and shooting cracks in Arctic Valley. So much so that we turned around even though the skies were blue and the snow quality was glorious!
Front Range – Bear Valley:
The below observation is sourced from the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center’s observations page. It has been edited by the Anchorage Avalanche Center for clarity.
No obvious signs, but active wind loading of N/NW aspects.
Broken sky, with winds from S/SE. Gusts up to 35 mph. Air Temp: 32º F.
New snow on leeward aspects. Rapid wind loading.
Dry snow, transported from wind. A few pockets turning into wind crust, but mostly turning into possible wind slabs on some aspects and slopes.
No pits. But a few hand shear & pole tests on the way. Pulling little slab up to 10 cm thickness: 29º NW aspect.