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Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Hiland Road, South Fork

Route & General Observations

Numerous large full-depth naturals observed this morning (3/16/18), the largest 1,500′ wide, 2-3′ deep, running 1,500′. These slides are running to the ground, taking out the entire season snowpack.

Forecaster comment: UPDATED 3/17/18 – Several more avalanches released naturally and were observed on the morning of 3/17/18. See the last photo added after initial post. 8 avalanches total have been observed from observers house.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect North NortheastElevation 3500ft
Slope Angle 35degCrown Depth 24in
Width 2000ftVertical Run 2000ft
Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Strong southeast winds overnight crossloaded many slopes in the Hiland Road area.

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