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Observations

Region: Seward
Location: Mt. Eeva
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Route & General Observations

Skinned up west aspect to ~300ft above treeline and dug a snowpit 1700ft. With warming temps and rapidly rising instability, especially on south facing terrain we stayed to low angle terrain on top of an elevated medial moraine towards the center of the bowl we were in. Skied down from our high point at 2200ft.

Avalanche Details

Avalanche details

Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Wet Loose SnowAspect South Southwest
Elevation 2700ftSlope Angle 40degCrown Depth 10in
WidthunknownLengthunknown  

Observer Comments

Lots of point release R1D1 avalanches and rollerballs actively avalanching as we approached our high point on South Aspects. We avoided potential runout zones by staying on a medial moraine feature well away and elevated above slide paths.

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches?YesCollapsing (Whumphing)?NoCracking (Shooting cracks)?No

Weather

Weather

6-8in of new snow in past 2 days. N wind 5-10 knots

Snow Characteristics

Snow surface

Noticeable wind loading on south aspect from recent high N winds. Light melt-freeze crust from yesterday

Snowpack

The layer of concern lies in the top 20cm of the snowpack. Another weak layer is below the top layer down another 30cm. Jamie and I dug pits close to one another and observed similar snow pack and test results.

Photos & Video

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