Avalanche: Portage / Placer

Location: Skookum

Route & General Observations

Seward Highway to Skookum drainage and Skookum Glacier

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Northeast
Elevation 800ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth2ftWidth 150ft
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Saw this coming as we came into Skookum drainage this afternoon. Investigated debris. Nobody caught/ carried.

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

Skier triggered slab below tree line on the south side of Skookum drainage.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny and cold. Temps in the low teens. Winds were not quite enough to transport snow in the lower elevations but saw active transport on the high peaks of Byron and Carpathian.

Snow surface

Right side up storm snow, becoming deeper as we neared the toe of the Glacier. Did everything we could to avoid wind affect.


Dug several quick hand pits and weighted a number of smaller test slopes below 2,000'. Found 18-24" of storm snow generally out of wind-affected areas. No red flags other than the one skier-triggered slab mentined above. Kept terrain mellow and avoided wind slabs.

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