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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Carl S.
GPS Camera Test
Date:   Aug 11th, 2009
Location:   Out in the Field (with map)
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Apr 7th, 2009
Location:   Pete's North (with map)
Observation:   This natural avalanche occured sometime between Sunday evening and Tuesday morn >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Professional Observer:
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Apr 5th, 2009
Location:   Cornbiscuit (with map)
Observation:   This natural avalanche on the north and west aspects of Cornbiscuit happened o >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Public Observer: Skip Repetto
Seattle Ridge Weather Station and Webcam
Date:   Apr 5th, 2009
Location:   Seattle Ridge (with map)
Observation:   Crane Johnson setting up the new weather station and webcam.   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Public Observer: Skip Repetto
Seattle Ridge Weather Station and Webcam
Date:   Apr 5th, 2009
Location:   Seattle Ridge (with map)
Observation:   Crane Johnson setting up the new weather station.   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Public Observer: Skip Repetto
Sunburst Weather Station and Webcam
Date:   Apr 5th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
March Weather Chart
Date:   Apr 1st, 2009
Location:   Center Ridge Weather Station (with map)
Observation:   March Snowfall Totals for Center Ridge Wx Station 2009: 104" snow 7.6" water 20 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 28th, 2009
Location:   Pete's North (with map)
Observation:   This natural on the southwest face of Pete's North occurred sometime after the >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 27th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:   Similar location to the avalanche that occured on Sunday 3/22/09. We dug a cro >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 27th, 2009
Location:   Eddy's (with map)
Observation:   This avalanche occured at about 2800 feet. That is well within the January "Hu >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 27th, 2009
Location:   Seattle Ridge (Repeat Offender (with map)
Observation:   It looks like this slab avalanched earlier during the storm because it is fille >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 27th, 2009
Location:   Lower Turnagain Pass (with map)
Observation:   This is only part of this particular avalanche. My other photo is zoomed out, >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 27th, 2009
Location:   Max's SW Face (with map)
Observation:   Take your pick of weak layer. This avalanche stepped down and around to severa >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 27th, 2009
Location:   Tincan (with map)
Observation:   This avalanche occured on the southern aspect of Tincan. The clouds and flat l >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural or Remote Trigger
Date:   Mar 24th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:   We saw this small avalanche on Tuesday 3/24/2009. This avalanche is still big >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Natural or Remote-Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Mar 24th, 2009
Location:   Tincan NW Aspect (with map)
Observation:   This avalanche occurred at 1800 feet on a northwest aspect of Tincan not far fr >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: unknown
Remote-Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Mar 22nd, 2009
Location:   unknown
Observation:   This avalanche was remotely triggered on Sunday 3/22 by some folks digging a sn >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Possible Skier-Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Mar 21st, 2009
Location:   Cornbiscuit South Aspect (with map)
Observation:   This small avalanche (potentially skier triggered within the past few days) wa >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Other - Outside Advisory Area
Professional Observer:
Human-Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Mar 20th, 2009
Location:   A-1 SE Aspect (with map)
Observation:   The trigger was a skier "body-bomb". This happened around 2500' elevation on >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Magnum Snowpit
Date:   Mar 20th, 2009
Location:   Magnum West Aspect 1800' (with map)
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy/Dan Keeler
Main Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Mar 20th, 2009
Location:   Main Bowl (with map)
Observation:   Still finding hard failure in facets slightly above January Hurricane rain crus >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Max's Snowpit
Date:   Mar 20th, 2009
Location:   Max's SW Aspect (with map)
Observation:   I dug this snowpit at 2400 feet on a SW aspect. The total snowpack depth at th >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Ryan
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 20th, 2009
Location:   Bartlett Glacier (with map)
Observation:   Not sure when this natural avalanche happened, but I'm guessing at the tail end >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
snow mo obs
Date:   Mar 20th, 2009
Location:   Warm Up Bowl Ridge (zero bowl (with map)
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Dan Keeler
sun crust
Date:   Mar 20th, 2009
Location:   Warm Up Bowl (with map)
Observation:   This sun crust had surface hoar on top, and a very bad temperature gradient und >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy/Dan Keeler
Warm Up Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Mar 20th, 2009
Location:   Warm Up Bowl (with map)
Observation:   Sun crust was about 1 inch thick and it broke very easily underneath. It alrea >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 18th, 2009
Location:   Twin Peaks (with map)
Observation:   We saw this natural avalanche on Wednesday 3/18/09. The crown face still looks >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Jeff Hoke
Skier-Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Mar 18th, 2009
Location:   North Bench Peak (with map)
Observation:   This avalanche was ski-cut and described as 3 feet deep and about 200 feet wide >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Tincan Snowpit
Date:   Mar 16th, 2009
Location:   Tincan NW Aspect (with map)
Observation:   This is the fourth week I have dug in this spot as part of Ben's snow study plo >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Timothy Glassett
Cornice Break
Date:   Mar 15th, 2009
Location:   Headwaters of Lyon Creek (with map)
Observation:   Recent cornice break on a west aspect at approx. 3500-3800 feet elevation.   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Joe Stock
Snowpack Cross-Section
Date:   Mar 15th, 2009
Location:   Center Ridge
Observation:   This is a cross-section of snow from 2,000 feet on Center Ridge where the snow >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Timothy Glassett
Pastoral Snowpit
Date:   Mar 14th, 2009
Location:   Southern Flank Pastoral Peak (with map)
Observation:   Several of our observers dug this pit at 3800 feet on a NW aspect at the head o >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Pete's North Snowpit
Date:   Mar 13th, 2009
Location:   Pete's North (SW Aspect) (with map)
Observation:   Ben and I dug this pit at 2200 feet on a SW aspect. We found the January rain >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Main Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Mar 10th, 2009
Location:   Main Bowl (with map)
Observation:   The facets have developed a lot more in this pit compared to the last one at th >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Human-Trigger on Rain Crust
Date:   Mar 9th, 2009
Location:   Pete's South (with map)
Observation:   This human-triggered crack on top of the January Hurricane rain crust suggests >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Sean McManamy
Pete's North Snowpit
Date:   Mar 9th, 2009
Location:   Pete's South (with map)
Observation:   This snowpit goes with the photo from Pete's South. The photo shows a crack ex >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Tincan Snowpit
Date:   Mar 9th, 2009
Location:   Tincan NW Aspect (with map)
Observation:   This is the third week I have dug in this spot as part of Ben's snow study plot >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Freezing Rain Crust
Date:   Mar 7th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:   A widespread freezing rain crust formed the night of 3/4/2009 on all aspects fr >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 7th, 2009
Location:   Portage Valley SW Aspect (with map)
Observation:   This slide also occurred on Friday 3/6 during the wind event. It's on a SW asp >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 7th, 2009
Location:   Sunnyside E Aspect (with map)
Observation:   This small Class 1 slide (2800' E aspect) on the motorized side of Turnagain Pa >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Natural Avalanches
Date:   Mar 7th, 2009
Location:   Penguin Ridge NE Aspect (with map)
Observation:   Strong to gale force winds on Friday 3/6 caused these avalanches at approx. 300 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Public Observer: Tim Glassett
Sunburst Snowpit
Date:   Mar 7th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst W Aspect (with map)
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Egg Shell Crust
Date:   Mar 5th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:   The Sunburst web camera had a bunch of snow on it when I checked this morning; >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Eddy's snowpit
Date:   Mar 3rd, 2009
Location:   Eddy's (with map)
Observation:   The rain crust was a lot thicker here than I've seen at other locations. Its s >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Mar 2nd, 2009
Location:   Sunnyside East Aspect (with map)
Observation:   This natural avalanche occurred sometime Sunday 3/1 on the slope right across f >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Tincan Snowpit
Date:   Mar 2nd, 2009
Location:   Tincan North Aspect (with map)
Observation:   This is the second week I have dug in this spot as part of Ben's snow study plo >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
February Weather Chart
Date:   Mar 1st, 2009
Location:   Center Ridge Weather Station
Observation:   February Snowfall Totals for Center Ridge Wx Station 2009: 23" snow 1.8" water 2 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Pete's North Snowpit
Date:   Mar 1st, 2009
Location:   Pete's North (W Aspect) (with map)
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Snow Creep
Date:   Mar 1st, 2009
Location:   Pete's North (with map)
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Tincan Snowpit
Date:   Mar 1st, 2009
Location:   Tincan NW Aspect (with map)
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Sunburst Snowpit
Date:   Feb 28th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst SW Aspect (with map)
Observation:   Lots of spacial variability in my snowpits today! Easy to hard shears under th >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Carl Skustad
Sunburst Snowpit
Date:   Feb 27th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Skustad
Sastrugi Rdge
Date:   Feb 26th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst Ridge, Turnagain Pass (with map)
Observation:   More sastrugi snow!   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Skustad
sustrugi ridge
Date:   Feb 26th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst Ridge (with map)
Observation:   Erosional features formed during the wind event on 02-20-09. Wind slabs, sastru >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Sunburst Snowpit
Date:   Feb 25th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:   I hiked above the rain crust zone to take a closer look at the new wind slabs/s >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Human Factors
Date:   Feb 24th, 2009
Location:   Seattle Ridge (with map)
Observation:   The Avalanche Center recently got some new snowmachines. They are super fun, a >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Main Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Feb 24th, 2009
Location:   Main Bowl Seattle Ridge (with map)
Observation:   This is the 4th time I have dug in this location in Main Bowl. Previous dates >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Main Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Feb 24th, 2009
Location:   Main Bowl (with map)
Observation:   This pit was at about 2400 feet in Main Bowl (again). Still finding failures a >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Feb 24th, 2009
Location:   No Name Bowl/Zero Bowl/Mama's (with map)
Observation:   This is a North aspect in No Name Bowl/Zero Bowl/Mama's Bowl at 2700 feet. Not >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Feb 23rd, 2009
Location:   Middle Glacier Girdwood Valley (with map)
Observation:   This looks like a point-release wet slide might have triggered a slab avalanche >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Skier-Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Feb 21st, 2009
Location:   Lipps SW Aspect (with map)
Observation:   A skier triggered this avalanche on Friday 2/20 as he was skinning up the SW sh >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Tincan Snowpit
Date:   Feb 21st, 2009
Location:   Tincan South Aspect (with map)
Observation:   Most of the snow in Turnagain Pass is windhammered above treeline, especially o >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Windhammered Tincan
Date:   Feb 21st, 2009
Location:   Tincan (with map)
Observation:   Strong winds from sea level to the ridgetops on Friday 2/20 hammered the snowpa >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Kevin Wright
Moneys Crown Face
Date:   Feb 20th, 2009
Location:   Alyeska (with map)
Observation:   Alyeska Ski Patrol confirmed the weak layer from Tuesday's (2/17/09) artillery- >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Carolyn Rosner
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Feb 20th, 2009
Location:   Skookum Valley (with map)
Observation:   This natural avalanche probably occured on Sunday or Monday 2/15 or 2/16. We j >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Main Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Feb 19th, 2009
Location:   Main Bowl (with map)
Observation:   Compare this pit to the pit from 2/10/2009. My main concern with this pit are >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Artillery-Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Feb 18th, 2009
Location:   Alyeska North Face (with map)
Observation:   The "Moneys" is an outer area on the North Face of Alyeska. This picture shows >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Moneys
Date:   Feb 18th, 2009
Location:   Alyeska North Face (with map)
Observation:   This is a close up view of the crown faces from the artillery- triggered avalanc >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Feb 18th, 2009
Location:   Peterson Creek (with map)
Observation:   These natural avalanches at about 1800 feet on steep terrain probably avalanche >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Ski-Cut Avalanche
Date:   Feb 18th, 2009
Location:   Upper Girdwood Valley (with map)
Observation:   CPG intentionaly ski cut this avalanche at about 4500 feet on a WSW aspect on A >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Skier-Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Feb 18th, 2009
Location:   Tincan (with map)
Observation:   This skier-triggered avalanche happened sometime between 4pm yesterday and 1:30 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Deep Slab
Date:   Feb 17th, 2009
Location:   Byron Glacier Valley (with map)
Observation:   This is a poor quality photo, but its worth showing that deep crown face we saw >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Feb 17th, 2009
Location:   Tincan (with map)
Observation:   This natural avalanche on the north side of Tincan near CFR probably occured on >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Feb 17th, 2009
Location:   Eddy's (with map)
Observation:   This natural avalanche on the WSW aspect of Eddies probably ripped out on Monda >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Feb 17th, 2009
Location:   Wolverine (with map)
Observation:   Here is another clue that the rain crust at lower elevations is a dangerous wea >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Other - Outside Advisory Area
Public Observer:
Remote Trigger
Date:   Feb 16th, 2009
Location:   Silvertip Creek (with map)
Observation:   This slab avalanche was triggered remotely by the skier in the photo. It was >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Sunburst Snowpit
Date:   Feb 14th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst SW Aspect
Observation:   This pit was located on a SW aspect at 2300 feet not far from the skintrack. T >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Main Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Feb 10th, 2009
Location:   Main Bowl (with map)
Observation:   There is a bad temperature gradient above the top crust. We saw rounds turnin >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Tim Glasset
Extended Column Test
Date:   Feb 9th, 2009
Location:   Pyramid
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Tincan Snowpit
Date:   Feb 9th, 2009
Location:   Tincan SW aspect
Observation:   240 cm to ground. Pit located at 3170 feet on a SW aspect. Moderate to hard Q2 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Skier Sluff Triggered Soft Slab
Date:   Feb 8th, 2009
Location:   Pete's North SW Aspect (with map)
Observation:   Another photo of the Pete's North slide taken on 2/10/2009.   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Ari Stiassny
Skier Sluff Triggered Wind Slab
Date:   Feb 8th, 2009
Location:   Pete's North SW Aspect
Observation:   Skier sluff triggered a 4-6 inch thick wind slab on a cross- loaded rib on the >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Lipps Snowpit
Date:   Feb 7th, 2009
Location:   Lipps West Aspect
Observation:   Total snowpack depth at this site was 6.5 ft., however I only dug down 4 feet. >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Skier Triggered Soft Slab
Date:   Feb 7th, 2009
Location:   Cornbiscuit South Aspect
Observation:   Closer photo of avalanche on Cornbiscuit. It was triggered as the skier subtl >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Skier Triggered Soft Slab
Date:   Feb 7th, 2009
Location:   Cornbiscuit South Aspect
Observation:   Third photo of Cornbiscuit slide.   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Skier Triggered Soft Slab
Date:   Feb 7th, 2009
Location:   Cornbiscuit South Aspect (with map)
Observation:   I took this photo from Lipps looking over to the south face of Cornbiscuit. Y >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Other - Outside Advisory Area
Public Observer:
Skier Triggered Wind Slab
Date:   Feb 6th, 2009
Location:   Sunnyside East Aspect (with map)
Observation:   A skier easily triggered this wind pillow on a 40 degree slope at 1500 feet el >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Henry Munter
West Aspect of Lipps
Date:   Feb 6th, 2009
Location:   Lipps (with map)
Observation:   These skier triggered soft slabs pulled out additional surface slabs as the de >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Peter Jans
Skier Triggered Wind Slab
Date:   Feb 3rd, 2009
Location:   Tincan Proper South aspect (with map)
Observation:   Skier triggered wind slab on South aspect of Tincan Proper, 3900 ft. Skier sk >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Human Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Feb 1st, 2009
Location:   Eddies South Aspect (with map)
Observation:   This is a photo of a wind slab that was intentionally triggered on the south f >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
January Weather Chart
Date:   Feb 1st, 2009
Location:   Center Ridge Weather Station
Observation:   January Snowfall Totals for Center Ridge Wx Station 2009: 33" snow 5.4" water 2 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Shooting Cracks in Wind Slab
Date:   Feb 1st, 2009
Location:   Tincan South Aspect
Observation:   Shooting cracks high on Tincan ridge are an indication that the surface snow i >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Tim Glasset/Sarah Heck/ M
Main Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Jan 31st, 2009
Location:   Main Bowl
Observation:   The big issue with our snowpack are those slippery crusts that you can feel un >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Public Observer: Kurtak/Sutherland/Portune
Sunburst Snowpit
Date:   Jan 31st, 2009
Location:   Sunburst West Aspect
Observation:   We dug this pit at 2500 feet elevation on a west aspect. We could not find an >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Ben Faucher
Tin Can Snow Pit Profile
Date:   Jan 31st, 2009
Location:   Tin Can
Observation:   This pit was dug on a SE aspect of Tin Can at 3000'. The top layers of this sn >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Skustad
3900 Ft pit on Todds Run, Tincan Ridge
Date:   Jan 29th, 2009
Location:   Todds Run, Tincan Ridge
Observation:   Found the facets from early Jan and Oct. Hard sheer tests.   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Faucher
Pit Data from Todds Run -Tincan Ridge
Date:   Jan 29th, 2009
Location:   Tincan Ridge
Observation:   After triggering tender windslabs off the Ridge we dug a pit and got hard shea >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Tincan Ridge
Date:   Jan 29th, 2009
Location:   Tincan Ridge
Observation:   Skustad and Faucher working there way up Tincan Ridge. Winds out of the north >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Skustad
Wind slab on upper Todds Run
Date:   Jan 29th, 2009
Location:   Tincan Ridge
Observation:   Todds Run is mid Tincan Ridge. The top is close to 4000ft. This one foot, 50 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Peter Knappe
Another Old Avalanche
Date:   Jan 28th, 2009
Location:   Superbowl
Observation:   Thanks for the reports and photos Peter. Here is a shot of a medium sized a >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Jason Kwaitkowski
Ice Fall
Date:   Jan 26th, 2009
Location:   Goat Peak
Observation:   Thanks for the great photos Jason. This natural avalanche happened on Monda >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Cornbiscuit Snowpit
Date:   Jan 24th, 2009
Location:   Cornbiscuit North Aspect
Observation:   Ben and I dug this pit at 2100' on a N aspect. The total snowpack depth at th >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Natural Avalanche Cornbiscuit
Date:   Jan 24th, 2009
Location:   Cornbiscuit West Aspect
Observation:   During our tour up Cornbiscuit today, we saw a fairly large debris pile on the >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: NRCS
Precip Average
Date:   Jan 24th, 2009
Location:   Center Ridge Weather Station
Observation:   -Red line shows this year's precip guage measurements -Blue line is last year >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: NRCS
Snow Depth Graph
Date:   Jan 24th, 2009
Location:   Center Ridge Weather Station
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: NRCS
SWE comparisons
Date:   Jan 24th, 2009
Location:   Center Ridge Weather Station
Observation:   The red line is this year's SWE and the blue line is last year's.   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Ben Faucher
Sunburst
Date:   Jan 23rd, 2009
Location:   Sunburst
Observation:   This is a pit dug near the top of Hoodoo face on Sunburst. We did find the Jan >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Ben Faucher
Crown Profile-Magnum Avalanche
Date:   Jan 21st, 2009
Location:   Magnum
Observation:   This is a crown profile of a large class 3/small class 4 natural avalanche tha >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Crown Profile-Magnum Upper Bowl
Date:   Jan 21st, 2009
Location:   Magnum
Observation:   Total snowpack depth was 180 cm. We dug this profile at 3000 feet. This av >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Magnum Avalanche
Date:   Jan 21st, 2009
Location:   Magnum
Observation:   Sorry this photo is no good. The light has been very flat, and its been diffi >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Magnum Debris Pile
Date:   Jan 21st, 2009
Location:   Magnum
Observation:   Big pile of debris from this avalanche that occured between January 14-16.   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Skustad
Murphy find failure layer!
Date:   Jan 21st, 2009
Location:   Magnum, T. Pass
Observation:   Magnum Mt. class 3 avalanche, released at 3000 ft on west aspect on Jan 16, 20 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Skustad
Upper Magnum Crown Profile
Date:   Jan 21st, 2009
Location:   Magnum, T. Pass
Observation:   CNFAIC, checks out the origins of a class 3 avalanche on the west aspect at 30 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Main Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Jan 20th, 2009
Location:   Main Bowl/Seattle Ridge
Observation:   Jon and I dug this pit at 3000 feet on an ENE aspect. This is the third time >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Repeat Offender
Date:   Jan 20th, 2009
Location:   Seattle Ridge
Observation:   Repeat Offender is the avalanche path above the snowmachine up- track that kill >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Human Triggered Avalanches
Date:   Jan 18th, 2009
Location:   Tincan West Aspect (with map)
Observation:   These small class 1 avalanches were triggered by the first skier down the slop >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Magnum Natural Avalanche
Date:   Jan 17th, 2009
Location:   Magnum West Aspect
Observation:   Here is another photo of the natural avalanche on Magnum that most likely occu >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Magnum Natural Avalanche
Date:   Jan 17th, 2009
Location:   Magnum Western Aspect
Observation:   There are multiple crown faces that are wind hammered. It is difficult to say >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Sunburst Natural Avalanches
Date:   Jan 17th, 2009
Location:   Sunburst North Aspect
Observation:   You can barely see the debris piles at the bottom of Elevator Shaft and the ch >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Tincan Natural Avalanche
Date:   Jan 17th, 2009
Location:   Tincan West Aspect
Observation:   This small class 1 avalanche happened at 2500' on a wind-loaded west aspect so >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Tincan Natural Avalanche
Date:   Jan 17th, 2009
Location:   Tincan SW Aspect
Observation:   This class 2 avalanche happened at 2500' on a SW aspect sometime during the Ja >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Heavy Batteries to Center Ridge Weather
Date:   Jan 15th, 2009
Location:   Center Ridge Weather Station
Observation:   Ben Faucher (the CNFAIC intern) helped hike new batteries up to the Center Rid >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Remote Trigger
Date:   Jan 15th, 2009
Location:   Center Ridge
Observation:   We found about 18-20 inches of new snow on top of the facets near the Center R >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Tincan Snowpit
Date:   Jan 13th, 2009
Location:   Tincan
Observation:   I dug this pit at 2500 feet on a west aspect. Once we got above treeline wher >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Tincan Test Slope
Date:   Jan 13th, 2009
Location:   Tincan
Observation:   There are 5-6 inches of facets (square symbol in pit graph) under 4-6 inches o >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Turnagain
Public Observer:
Pete's North Snowpit
Date:   Jan 10th, 2009
Location:   Pete's North
Observation:   The notes from this pit mention how the surface facets where easy to sluff out >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Timothy Glassett
Human Triggered Avalanche (Sluff)
Date:   Jan 8th, 2009
Location:   Pyramid Mtn. approach
Observation:   This is a photo of a small skier-triggered sluff avalanche on an east aspect n >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
December 2008 Weather Chart
Date:   Jan 1st, 2009
Location:   Glacier Ranger District Office
Observation:   Description: December Totals: 2008* 42" Snow*, 3.6" Water* 2007 66" Snow, 5.4" >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Main Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Dec 30th, 2008
Location:   Main Bowl/Seattle Ridge
Observation:   Just like Bill's pit on Sunburst on saturday 12/27/08, the top 1- 2 feet of thi >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Glide Crack on Lipps
Date:   Dec 27th, 2008
Location:   Lipps SW Aspect
Observation:   Here is a current photo of the large glide crack on the SW face of Lipps. Hal >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Bill Romberg
Sunburst Snowpit
Date:   Dec 27th, 2008
Location:   Sunburst
Observation:   Check out how the red temperature line shifts way to the left in the top ~40cm >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Stock Run Bowl NW Pit
Date:   Dec 23rd, 2008
Location:   Stock Run Bowl NW Aspect
Observation:   I was unable to find the buried surface hoar or the crust above the October fa >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Stock Run Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Dec 23rd, 2008
Location:   Stock Run Bowl/Seattle Ridge
Observation:   Total snowpack depth at this site was 4.3 feet. I easily found the buried sur >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Chocolate Chip Rocks
Date:   Dec 18th, 2008
Location:   Cornbiscuit South West Aspect
Observation:   Rocks that look like chocolate chips in a bowl of ice cream can be likely area >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Cornbiscuit Pit
Date:   Dec 18th, 2008
Location:   Cornbiscuit SE Aspect
Observation:   This pit was about 4 feet deep on top of rocks and tundra. I did not get any >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Magnum Glide Cracks
Date:   Dec 18th, 2008
Location:   Magnum Southwest Aspect
Observation:   Glide cracks are very easy to see, but difficult to predict. They don't alway >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Main Bowl Snowpit
Date:   Dec 16th, 2008
Location:   Main Bowl/Seattle Ridge
Observation:   The total snowpack depth at this pit was 5 feet. I easily found the buried su >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Main Bowl Snowpit Observation
Date:   Dec 16th, 2008
Location:   Main Bowl/Seattle Ridge
Observation:   This snowpit is about 3 feet deep on top of tundra. It looks like it should b >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: LIFEMED Helicopter
Human-Triggered Avalanche (Full-Burial)
Date:   Dec 14th, 2008
Location:   Cornbiscuit Southern Aspect
Observation:   Excellent rescue skills saved the life of a skier caught in this human-trigger >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Chris Seaman
Human Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Dec 13th, 2008
Location:   SW face of Cornbiscuit
Observation:   Here is a photo of the bottom of the avalanche where the skier was found near >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Chris Seaman
Human Triggered Avalanche
Date:   Dec 13th, 2008
Location:   SW face of Cornbiscuit
Observation:   Here is a stitched together photo of the entire avalanche. You can see people >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Chris Seaman
Human Triggered Avalanche (Remote)
Date:   Dec 13th, 2008
Location:   SE face Superbowl Peak/Goldpan
Observation:   This is looking at the remote triggered slide from a distance. There is easil >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Dan Boccia
Human Triggered Avalanche (Remote)
Date:   Dec 13th, 2008
Location:   SE face Superbowl Peak/Goldpan
Observation:   This is a closeup of the remote triggered avalanche. Note how the crown face >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Joe Stock
Human Triggered Avalanche (Remote)
Date:   Dec 13th, 2008
Location:   SE face Superbowl Peak/Goldpan
Observation:   Here is a closer view of the avalanche. This slide was remotely triggered by >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Buried Surface Hoar
Date:   Dec 11th, 2008
Location:   Sunburst
Observation:   We continue to find a layer of buried surface hoar in our pits. This one was >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche
Date:   Dec 11th, 2008
Location:   Boston Bar (Hope Road)
Observation:   Carl and I saw this avalanche today 12/11/2008. It probably ripped out during >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche (Glide Crack)
Date:   Dec 11th, 2008
Location:   Seward Hwy (near Kern Creek)
Observation:   Get ready to see more of these types of avalanches. We've been watching these >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Sunburst Snowpit
Date:   Dec 11th, 2008
Location:   Sunburst
Observation:   This pit was 6 feet deep. We still found that layer of buried surface hoar ab >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Glide Crack
Date:   Dec 10th, 2008
Location:   Lipps
Observation:   Glide cracks like this have been seen on the southwest aspect of Lipps, Cornbi >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche (Todd's Run Class 3)
Date:   Dec 10th, 2008
Location:   Tincan (Todd's Run) North Aspe
Observation:   The crown face and bed surface is a bit filled in with new snow; so, it appear >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Natural Avalanche (Todd's Run)
Date:   Dec 10th, 2008
Location:   Tincan (Todd's Run) North Aspe
Observation:   This is kind of fuzzy, but I just wanted to get a closer look at the terrain a >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Steep Rollover
Date:   Dec 10th, 2008
Location:   Magnum SW Aspect
Observation:   Watch out for steep rollovers like this one. Its not a very big avalanche, bu >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Sunny Side Natural Avalanche
Date:   Dec 10th, 2008
Location:   Sunny Side Eastern Aspect
Observation:   This is one of those hour glass shaped avalanche paths. The starting zone at >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
AKRR/DOT Mitigation
Date:   Dec 4th, 2008
Location:   Seward Hwy (near Kern Creek)
Observation:   This artillery triggered avalanche might support the theory that our weak snow >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
November 2008 Weather Chart
Date:   Dec 2nd, 2008
Location:   Glacier Ranger District Office
Observation:   November Totals: 2008 78" Snow, 6.7" Water 2007 117" Snow, 13.9" Water 2006 1 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Stress Bulb?
Date:   Dec 2nd, 2008
Location:   Sunburst
Observation:   I was goofing around and isolated this 2 inch wide column that was the full sn >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Lisa Portune
Sunburst snowpilot pit
Date:   Dec 2nd, 2008
Location:   Sunburst 3400 feet SW aspect
Observation:   Pit located about 50m away from remote skier-triggered avalanche that occurred >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Public Observer: Scott Hilliard
Christmas Chute
Date:   Nov 28th, 2008
Location:   Alyeska
Observation:   Christmas Chute went sympathetic to artillery shot in Glacier Bowl Right Wall.   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Sunburst SW aspect (under Hoodoo)
Date:   Nov 28th, 2008
Location:   Sunburst
Observation:   This was a human-triggered avalanche on the south west aspect on Sunburst. Th >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Glide Crack
Date:   Nov 27th, 2008
Location:   Cornbiscuit
Observation:     View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Public Observer:
Surface Hoar
Date:   Nov 22nd, 2008
Location:   Tincan - Turnagain
Observation:   Underside of failed compression test layer. Surface hoar intact.   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Pit Profile
Date:   Nov 21st, 2008
Location:   Seattle Ridge (Mama's Bowl) SW
Observation:   This was from a pit during a tour up Seattle Ridge on Friday November 21, 2008 >>>   View Complete


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REGION: Not reported
Professional Observer: Matt Murphy
Mama's Bowl Observation
Date:   Nov 19th, 2008
Location:   Mama's Bowl
Observation:     View Complete



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