Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Baldy- Eagle River

Route & General Observations

Standard Baldy smorgasbord of snow quality, melt freeze crust, wind board, sastrugi, baby pockets of deposited powder. Up south west slope, skied down our booter/skin track, back up and skied the north facing slope .

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect North
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 15inWidth 90ft
Vertical Run 500ft  
Avalanche Details

While skiing down the north aspect of Baldy, we found a slide in our normal down track. Looked to be a couple days old since the crown and debris had begun to be covered by new wind blown snow. It ran about half the length of the mountain and came relatively close to the backside trail. We believe this slide was a larger wind slab that had released on facets on top an icy crust. Blocks of snow varied in size up to stove and possibly refrigerator size. Debris pile was big enough to injury and possibly bury a person. Crown varied in depth

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly overcast
37 F at the car at 1:30pm
Calm winds
Very light dash of flurries on the ski out

Snow surface

Smorgasbord of front range goodness


We did a small pit on the upper left flank of the crown. I had no snow study kit or an ect cord. My bone saw was not long enough to cut an ect block.
CT15 Q1 40cm Down
North aspect
Failed on facets on top a a stout crust

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