Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak 3

Route & General Observations

Standard Peak 3 ski run.

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Forecaster Comments

If you recreate in the Front Range please be sure to check the weather. Recent winds and temps for Peak 3 can be found here: http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/obs.php?stnid=GAHA2&phours=24,

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type0Aspect West
Elevation 3700ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown Depth 24inWidth 150ft
Vertical Run 300ft  
Avalanche Details

"I was skiing just under the big rock crop on the lookers left of the pics and made a few hard turned and it all started moving. I was able to just stop to my right and stop on the cliff ridge and watch it all go by. It's didn't go very far but it was a lot of snow.

The depth was 18-24 inches at the thickest and basically ran the entire west face of the peak there in the pic. It was about 40-50 meters wide at the top and slid down 100 meters. It slid into an area with almost no snowpack and stopped. Was 3 maybe 5 feet deep at the thickest of the debris field, for the most part it was all spread out over windblown ice and tundra when it stopped and didn't travel down into the narrow gully at the bottom."

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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31 degree; wind gusts to 47mph.

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