Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Falls Creek

Route & General Observations

We toured up Falls Creek and climbed South Suicide via the standard South Ridge route. Saw multiple recent natural wet slides on east and west aspects on the approach. Most of these slides were in steep rocky terrain at about the 3000-3500′ elevation band. By mid morning steep, rocky and sunny east aspects started shedding. We witnessed one wet slide that stepped down to a lower layer. The slide that stepped down was surprisingly fast and left a debris pile about 4′ deep. Also witnessed lots of roller balls at 5000′ level and by late afternoon the snow was completely isothermal below 3000′.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Wet Loose SnowAspect East Southeast
Elevation 3000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Multiple wet loose avalanches on East / Southeast aspects by late morning.

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