Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Rendezvous Ridge

Route & General Observations

Standard route

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect North NorthwestElevation 4000ft
Slope Angle 35degCrown Depth 10in
Width 20ftVertical Run 300ft
Avalanche Details

Boot deep soft settled snow at drop in point, Skied left to right, slope broke 20 feet after drop in point on a roll over, ran through a section of the gully then slowed down before fully reaching the bottom.

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

No other avalanche activity seen during tour besides for one whumphing incident.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear, calm, 19 degrees.

Snow surface

2 inches of new, creamy skinning up until the top out, turned to windboard.


Hasty pit, 10-12 or so of soft snow on a melt freeze crust.