Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: South Fork Eagle River - 2 miles south of main Trailhead

Route & General Observations

Large slab avalanche, with a break just below ridge line on a north aspect at 3800′. Break appears deep. Likely occurred Friday afternoon.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Likely occurred Friday evening during a period of gusty SW winds and snow / graupel showers. There have been several significant SE wind events in the past week with about 24" of snow.

Snow surface

Wind Slab built up over several storms.

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