Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: South Fork Eagle River

Route & General Observations

Started at South Fork trailhead and toured up to the Hunter pass saddle. Saw lots of signs of previous wind effect from the previous strong N winds, with new storm snow sitting on top. Saw multiple small slides that appeared to have released during the storm – a couple point releases and one potential wind slab in a loaded gully. Recent storm totals seemed to be around 20-25 cm below 3000’ and made for great soft skiing on top of crust and sometimes the ground.

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

Recent wind loading, new snow, a few recent looking slides.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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20-25 cm new snow. No wind while we were out. Temp about 10°F at the trailhead. Skies broken clouds when we started, turning to almost entirely obscured to the north. Inversion in valley over Eagle River.

Snow surface

New snow



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