Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: South Fork Eagle River, Hiland Road mile 7.3

Route & General Observations

Two avalanches observed along upper Hiland Road in the steep chutes along the east side of the valley. The first at mile 7.3, the other higher up in the bowl just south of the first. Both originated in areas of significant wind drift. Unsure if human triggered, though this is unlikely for the second slide to the south.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Considerable wind drift after the two storms on top of a weak layer.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snow surface

Considerable wind crust, with large bare patches in between drifts above tree line.