Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: South Fork Hiland Road

Route & General Observations

On west side of South Fork valley south of Swiss Bowl by 0.5 mi.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northeast
Elevation 3500ftSlope Angle 36deg
Crown Depth 16inWidth 300ft
Vertical Run 1000ft  
Avalanche Details

Wide soft slab with crown running nearly perpendicular downhill along south flank due to severe cross-loading.

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

Other recent natural avalanches

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Fair weather at the time of obs. Slide probably happened during storm/winds of 4/12.

Snow surface

Soft powder with obvious wind drift pattern in start zone.


Most likely running on prior sun crust surface with possible facets.

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