Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Glen Alps

Route & General Observations

Toured out from glen alps parking lot around 2pm towards skiers gully and Little O’Malley to assess how the new snow is bonding to the old snow surface, look for natural avalanches, and ski some sweet powder!

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect Southwest
Elevation 2800ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 13inWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Triggered a few small (≤D1) dry loose avalanches while skiing down. Avalanches moved fast and were eager as the new snow was sitting on a very firm surface (pics below)

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

Natural dry loose avalanches in the area (pics below)

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps around -5°F throughout the afternoon, felt much colder in valley bottoms.
Calm winds until ~3000' where they picked up slightly and were transporting some snow along the skiers gully saddle (pic below)

Snow surface

~30cm of very dry low density snow! The new snow gained slight density higher in elevation, having a bit more of a 'creamy' texture. Thin surface wind-skin found at saddle between False Peak and Little O'Malley.


Dug a quick pit in skiers gully on a SW aspect at 3000' to do a quick ECT. No results from this test (ECTX).
Height of snowpack in this location was 185cm, there was 37cm of new snow in this location
New snow was sitting on top of a very firm surface

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