Avalanche: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak 2/Peak 3 uptrack

Route & General Observations

Headed up Peak 3 around 12:30. Turned around at about 3000′

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect Southwest
Elevation 2600ftSlope Angle 35deg
Crown Depth 7inWidth 25ft
Vertical Run 10ft  
Avalanche Details

I was skiing down and cut into the top of a small test slope that was at treeline. When I skied onto it it propagated higher up than I expected. The slab broke up into some smaller pieces but didn't seem to want to run. Most of the bed surface was still covered when the snow stopped moving. 1-2 cm of facets underneath the windslab, bed surface was a crust layer. No more observations, storm conditions.

Events of the day

Solo skier. Above peak 3 treeline noticed lots of high winds and evidence of wind loading. Decided to turn around. Skied over the top of a test slope that I thought might have some touchy snow, and did trigger an avalanche. Small path, did not feel in danger but was suprised how high up it broke off. I was not carried. Took observations and then skied into trees. No further instability observed.

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

Obvious wind loading

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Wind transported snow, minimal new precipitation by 2:30pm. No temps recorded

Snow surface

Normal variable peak 3. Crusts, wind transported snow pockets varying in softness.


No formal obs taken