Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Toe of Eklutna glacier

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Route & General Observations

The toe of the Eklutna glacier after staying at Pichler’s Perch, returning from the Eklutna Traverse.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger Foot PenetrationAvalanche Type Soft Slab
Aspect NorthElevation 2500ft
Slope Angle 50degCrown Depth 8in
Width 30ftVertical Run 40ft
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried? 1
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Events of the day

Ski descent off Eklutna glacier from Pichler's Perch, down climbed off the toe of the glacier. Low angle descent aside from this last steep pitch. Wind loading was obvious further up glacier. The short (~40 ft) height of the slope and perceived protection of the canyon from the elements did not make me think of any possible avalanche scenarios.

Rescue events

Head and right arm were not buried, was able to self rescue. Beacon was off and at the bottom of my pack.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Heavy winds during the past 14 hours

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

New snow, heavy winds, 30-35 degrees without windchill

Snow surface

Fresh snow from wind deposition on top of glacial ice and hard packed snow

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