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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1542646980November 19, 2018 5:03pmTurnagain - Road obs Turnagain PassDrove through Turnagain Pass at 2pm to see how much snow survived the rain over the weekend. Sadly snowline is around 2000', with small patches still intact below this elevation. Visibility was in/out …
1542549600November 18, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan - Hippy BowlStandard uptrack to Hippy Bowl
1542459600November 17, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatch Peak Ridge, $1,000 RunI parked at the lot directly near the closed-gravel gate leading to Summit Lake. I skinned up to the first turn in the road and dropped down to cross fishhook Creek, And skinned directly to the multi …
1542225720November 14, 2018 8:02pmTurnagain - Road ObsAfternoon road observation to get an inventory of snow cover in the Pass after the rain and strong winds. There was evidence of wet loose avalanche activity. Crowns observed on Kickstep with debris pi …
1542126180November 13, 2018 4:23pmSummit - Summit Lake Area avalanche activityYesSaw numerous loose wet avalanches, wet slab avalanches, and a number of slopes with roller balls present. Sunny and temperatures in the mid to upper 30's this afternoon. Most avalanches were on West a …
1542114000November 13, 2018 1:00pmSummit - just off Fresno ridgeYesvery patchy rained off to 2400' snow more continuous above that, lots of wind stripping as well
1542067200November 13, 2018 12:00Hatcher Pass - SkyscraperYesAnonymous picture of natural slab avalanches on Skyscraper Mountain  
1542056040November 12, 2018 8:54pmTurnagain - Seattle ridge, magnum, and othersYesThere were several wet point release avalanches on many of the peaks today. Mostly starting about 500 feet below the summits
1542033000November 12, 2018 2:30pmSummit - Crescent/ Carter LakeWet slides seen from highway
1541955600November 11, 2018 5:00pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine AreaYesI XC skied from the parking lot up the main trail around the mine building loop, then back to the parking lot. While skiing, I witness about 7-10 loose wet avalanches come off the ENE aspect of Skyscr …
1541944800November 11, 2018 2:00pm - Multiple peaks south of Hope JunctionYesRecent slide activity observed from highway
1541894400November 11, 2018 12:00Hatcher Pass - MarmotYesWent to Independence Mine for a XC ski. It was raining. Saw several natural wet slides on Marmot. Looked like they slide on dirt, or close to it. I assume that other similar gullies in the area releas …
1541894400November 11, 2018 12:00Summit - ManitobaStandard route to Manitoba, a short section of bushwacking due to exploring an unfamiliar zone, then the NW Ridge to the summit.
1541749680November 9, 2018 7:48Turnagain - Tincan common bowl Shadow LineYesClimbed to hell pad, six inches new on wind crusted previous snow, noticed wind lip at top of Common bowl on approach. Skied first run down Shadow Line, nice. Went back up, second run jumped on and co …
1541430000November 5, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - PastoralTaylor Pass to the base of Pastoral, and then up to the point just east of the peak, at an elevation of 4250'.
1541271360November 3, 2018 6:56pmTurnagain - PastoralYesStandard uptrack, skinned from the car.
1541242800November 3, 2018 11:00Chugach State Park - South Fork Eagle RiverToured from South Fork trailhead up to Northbowl and back along ridge towards Triangle Peak. Heavily wind affected surface conditions on N to NE aspects. Some touchy wind slabs on N aspects.
1541167200November 2, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeToured up the snowmachine up-track to the top of Seattle Ridge to take stock on the early season snow conditions. Which consisted of only the snow that fell on Oct. 29. Note: Snow from earlier in Oct …
1541167200November 2, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeTook the snowmachine up-track to Seattle Ridge, starting at the Turnagain Pass RWIS station at 1020ft.
1541073600November 1, 2018 12:00pmHatcher Pass - SnowbirdApproximately 125 cm snow depth on/off glacier around 5,500 ft ASL. 25 - 30 cm of new snow; with widespread point releases confined to new snow. Widespread surface hoar on 10/31 up to 1 cm. Some, but …
1541001600October 31, 2018 4:00pmTurnagain - PastoralYesWe parked at Sunburst traveled over Taylor pass and the normal route to Pastoral. Witnessed some natural avalanches on the approach for Taylor pass. On the approach for pastoral, the snow felt consist …
1540915220October 30, 2018 4:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObsDrove through Turnagain Pass to Johnson Pass trail head around 2pm. No avalanche activity observed. New snow along┬áthe road ranged from 8" on ┬áNorth side of Turnagain Pass to 3" at Johnson Pass trai …
1540900800October 30, 2018 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Crow PassYesToured from the Crow Creek trail head parking lot until the trail junction before turning around due to red flags and the party ahead remotely triggering a small avalanche early in the approach.
1540893600October 30, 2018 10:00Girdwood/Portage - Crow creek trail near mining debris.YesCrow creek trail lower route. Slab about 8 to 16in. Soft slab getting harder with elevation gain.
1540735200October 28, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Upper Archangel Valley to Upper Lane ValleyToured from the end of Archangel road to the summit of Didilkama via the Lane Glacier.
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