Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak 4

Route & General Observations

Standard up track of peak 4. Weather was cold, 5 degrees, and clear with winds 0-6mph. Encountered lovely Mary and her perfect pit. On our second lap a skier had climbed to the summit and released a dry loose avalanche that carried from summit to the rock choke. Approximately from 4200 feet to 3700. The dry loose did not step down. Bed surface was old new snow interface.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect West
Elevation 4200ftSlope Angle 30deg
Crown DepthunknownWidth 35ft
Vertical Run 500ft  
Avalanche Details

Dry loose release from summit and carried to the rock choke stopping just before the choke. Skier above had cut the slope and stayed at the summit.

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

Old point release from rocks, this was perhaps during the storm with a few centimeters of snow over it. No flagging, no cracks.