Detailed Observation

Date2019-03-23
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverTaylor Bracher
AvalancheN

General Observations

We found a large natural avalanche that looked to be caused by cornice fall (we didn't witness it occur). West aspect, starting at a ridge just below 5,000'. Located south of the Denali Highway about 15 miles east of Cantwell.

The ski approach from the DH was varied- by 9am the snow below brushline was unsupportable, but above brush line the wind packed snow was holding on and it still feels like winter. Ski quality was typical Interior mixed bag- sastrugi, rime, wind slab, rotten snow… On our return to the highway, the snow was even less supportable and our skis just submarined to the bottom of the snowpack. Be careful out there! It's perfect conditions to injure a knee.

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