Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Dome Gully, Fort Richardson

Route & General Observations

Headed up the Dome for an afternoon tour after the winds died down to look at the damage. Near the top of the Dome gully, I poked my skis onto a wind slab on a relatively gentle slope–the entire shoulder collapsed, and a slab released about 50’ away on a steeper section of the wind lip. No surprise that the conditions were touchy, but I was surprised by how far the slide ran.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Yes
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angle 35deg
Crown DepthunknownWidth 100ft
Vertical Run 300ft  
Avalanche Details

Remote trigger from above.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sustained winds in the front range until mid-afternoon, plenty of evidence of cross-loading in mid to upper elevations.

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