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Observations

Region: Chugach State Park
Location: Hiland Road - 1 Hit Bowl
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Avalanche Details

Avalanche details

Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angle 30degCrown Depth 16in
Width 150ftLength 300ft  

Observer Comments

Triggered from 300 yards away. No portion of this slide path is more than 30 degrees steep. This slide was adjacent to another much larger slide that ran naturally within the past two days.

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches?YesCollapsing (Whumphing)?YesCracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes

Observer Comments

Tons of naturals on E, N and W slopes. Nearly 50% of the Hiland snowpack is faceted crystals. I've been seeing slides in places I have never seen in 25 years of living here. The slide I triggered was one of the lowest angle slopes I have ever seen avalanche. No portion of the slope was over 30 degrees.

Snow Characteristics

Snow surface

Windblown powder

Snowpack

See above. The Hiland snowpack is a total mess, at least half of the pack is facets.



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