Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Arctic Valley, Gordon Lion East Aspect (backside)

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Route & General Observations

Bluebird day, but windy from N or NNW on the ridge line, skied Tequila Bowl then poked around the backside looking for a line, did two ski cuts in couloir on east aspect, second one triggered a small soft slab avalanche below the cut which ran about 200 ft.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect EastElevation 4000ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depth 6in
Width 20ftVertical Run 200ft
Avalanche Details

A deliberate ski cut triggered a small soft slab avalanche on the east aspect of Gordon Lion.

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Observer Comments

Recent/ongoing wind loading.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

No new snow, strong wind from N or NNW, sunny, temperature around 1˚F

Snow surface

Wind crust, sastrugi in places, powder and soft wind slabs in other areas.

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