Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Knik River drainage - Hunter Creek

Route & General Observations

Avalanche incident – just outside of Chugach State Park in the Hunter Creek area near the Knik River drainage.

An avalanche was triggered by three sheep hunters traversing along a ridge above Hunter Creek. It was reported that the hunter in the lead triggered the slide. All three hunters were caught and carried approximately 1,000-1,500′ down the slope. One hunter was buried head first, head approximately 2’ deep, with only a boot above the snow. One hunter was carried over a 10-15ft ledge, coming to rest on the debris. The other hunter also came to rest on the debris. The two unburied hunters were able to dig out the buried hunter. Using an InReach devise, the hunters were able to call for help just after 9pm. Two of the hunters were reported to have sustained non-life threatening injuries. The group was not reported to have been carrying any avalanche rescue gear.

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Avalanche Details
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Trigger Foot PenetrationRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect Unknown
Elevation 5500ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Run 1500ft  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 3Number Partially Buried? 1
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured? 2
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

Little information on the avalanche details exists at this time. However, it was also reported that there had been a lot of new snow over previous days and winds were gusting up to 50mph.

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