Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak 3

Route & General Observations

Quick lap on Peak 3 to check out the surface snow conditions. Few parties had the same idea to catch the goods before the winds change things up. At the end of the tour, we left with big grins on our faces.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect West
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

There was a small skier triggered soft wind slab in the upper steeper section of W face of Peak 3. It did not run far or step past the stout crust layer.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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11am - @TH 16F, broken sky, light wind.
1pm - @ridgeline. 15-20mph wind from S. Wind was actively transporting snow.

Snow surface

Lower elevation: 12-16" dry powder.
Upper elevation: varied depths due to redistribution, at ridgeline in places barely enough to cover the rocks and tundra.
The new wind slabs at the higher elevation were still soft (4F).
The ski quality was very high.


4-16" of new dry snow on top of the stout supportable crust.
We did not dig in the snow or do any stability tests.

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