Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak 3

Route & General Observations

Toured up the standard up track for peak 3, roughly ~10-14 inches (25-35cm) of fresh soft snow. Some areas are still very thin from previous wind scouring prior to this last snowfall. No visible wind effect on the new snow.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect West Northwest
Elevation 3800ftSlope Angle 38deg
Crown DepthunknownWidth 40ft
Vertical Run 500ft  
Avalanche Details

Runout angle was 28° from the toe of the runout to the trigger point

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No other red flags were observed throughout the tour besides the dry loose avalanche.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Skies came in and out, broken/overcast. Visibility to the west was near unlimited with clear views across the inlet. Temps remained around 14-18°F. Winds were calm <~3mph.

Snow surface

~10-14 inches (25-35cm) of fresh soft snow over wind pack, or baren ground. No wind effected surface snow was observed. Boot Penetration was ~16inches (40cm). Ski quality was great.


No formal stability tests performed.

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