Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: South Fork Eagle River

Route & General Observations

We toured down the South Fork trail and enjoyed the new snow from Saturday’s storm. Skiing was pretty good.
Did not see much for new red flags, no whumpfs or shooting cracks, just one new slide near Harp. Looks like a storm slab or a soft wind slab that released naturally, probably on Saturday. Photo taken at 1pm, the debris was already looking more filled it by wind loading at 3pm.

There was gusty SE wind throughout the afternoon on Sunday causing active loading on NW slopes. A very strong wind squall came through at about 2pm. Arctic Valley registered 33mph, I think it was stronger where we were. That squall moved a lot of snow around. We avoided steep loading slopes. Our skin track filled up in 45min.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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windy and cloudy, with a magic hour of bright sun just after a squall passed around 3pm.

Snow surface

2-8" of fresh and wind deposited snow from Saturday.

Photos & Video
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