Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Dog Bowl

Route & General Observations

Six new, large fresh natural slides observed in the vicinity of the South Fork of Eagle River on 3/22/18.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West Northwest
Elevation 3500ftSlope Angle 30deg
Crown Depth 24inWidth 2000ft
Vertical Run 1000ft  
Avalanche Details

6 fresh natural avalanches were observed today in the Dog Bowl, off the backside of the 3 Bowls Ridge. Three slides were mid slope, and 3 were full track and massive and the debris piles looks to be over 20' deep. The mid slope slides were all very low angle, 30 degrees max. Three of the slides were massive, one with a fracture line extending nearly 1/2 mile in width. Slides were observed on E, N and W aspects between 3,000' and 3,500' elevation. All observed slides were running to the ground, removing the entire snowpack.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Plenty of new, large natural avalanches. These slides appear to have run in the past 24 hours as the recent strong winds did not alter the appearance of freshness.