Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Falls Creek

Route & General Observations

Falls Creek

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SnowboarderRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Wet SlabAspect South Southeast
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 12inWidth 50ft
Vertical Run 80ft  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried?0
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

20200327-1630: WS-AS-R1-D1.5-I

Events of the day

The events of the day included our ski party exiting Falls Creek valley at the end of the day and traversing alongside the south east lower ridge down to the creek. We came across another party that we saw skiing in the valley that day as well that was on there way exiting to the car park. We then came across a recent avalanche and two riders at the bottom of the slide. We halted and did a verbal check on the two in the party. The two in the other party where at the bottom of the slide and claimed that they where okay and one went for a little ride. First skier crossed then second rider went across the small slope and set off the slide, taking him for a small 50-60 foot ride. It was very small terrain but the slide did sit above a terrain trap and with the type of snow could have resulted in a much larger issue.

Rescue events

none needed.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

LARGE whumps on solar warming on the MF.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Light winds out of the North. CLR to SCT sky. 30's F

Snow surface

melt-freeze crust

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