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Individuals may have widely differing perceptions, for a given location, date, and time, of the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, of avalanche hazards, and of skiing or snowboarding conditions. The hazards and conditions reported in an observation can change rapidly. In addition, individuals can differ greatly in both their perception of objective hazards and their acceptance of the risk to personal safety of these hazards.

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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1516197600January 17, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObsRoad obs to Johnson Pass north trailhead. The main takeaway from today was that there was widespread avalanching in steep, channeled terrain during the recent storm cycle.
1516114080January 16, 2018 2:48pmSummit - General Observation (Summit Lake Area)YesWarm Temperatures (37F) and Rain observed during observation. Rain/Snow Line was at 2800' level at 2PM.
1516111200January 16, 2018 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Road ObsRoad obs to Portage Lake. Fresh debris in most slide paths.
1516111200January 16, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Road ObsDrove Turnagain Pass down to the north Johnson Pass TH and back.
1516036560January 15, 2018 5:16pmSummit - TenderfootStandard uptrack to approximately 3300' on the ridge.
1516035600January 15, 2018 5:00pmTurnagain - TincanCommon up track.
1516028418January 15, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - EddiesYesStandard uptrack on Eddies to 2100'. We were looking at surface conditions prior to the next storm and digging to look for the Jan. 11 buried surface hoar and the NYE buried surface hoar.
1516028400January 15, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeYesMoto lot to ridge via common up track. Rode ridge South to Triangle bowl, then North to top of Main Bowl. Did not drop into Main Bowl. Visibility deteriorating in the PM. Snowing on ridge 1cm/ hr at 4 …
1516024800January 15, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan & SunburstFor travel day our class split into four groups, with two groups heading up Sunburst to 1800' and 1100', one group traveling Tincan backdoor route from Center Ridge parking lot to 2000', and one group …
1515952800January 14, 2018 6:00pmTurnagain - SunburstYesSunburst up track to about 1,700 ft in the alders with the Alaska Avalanche School Level 1 course.
1515945600January 14, 2018 4:00pmSummit - ManitobaManitoba, standard route and laps on the eastern face from 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
1515942000January 14, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst - and Road ObservationsQuick tour up to Sunburst to take a look at how the storm snow is bonding. Also looking at how the underlying weak layers are holding up.
1515942000January 14, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge, Main Bowl (1st Bowl)YesPhotos below sent in to CNFAIC of a cornice fall triggered by a snowmachine, which in turn triggered a slab avalanche below on the West aspect of Widowmaker slide path. No one caught. This slab looks …
1515942000January 14, 2018 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Independence mine lot up to the crossSkinned up to the cross
1515938400January 14, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge - large avalanche on the road side, across from motorized parking lotYesSaw this recent avalanche today. Was reported by others that heard/saw the slide at 1:45pm, Jan 14. Believed to have been either remotely triggered by snowmachiner(s) along ridgeline above or a natura …
1515934800January 14, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - FarsidePit on Farside: Aspect: W Elevation: 4,900 ft Slope: 36 degrees HS: 180 cm HP: 150 cm CT19 Q1 @30 cm ECTP12 @30 cm Failure on distinct persistent weak layer. Picture of crystal type attached. …
1515934800January 14, 2018 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanYesAAS Pro 1 Course Tincan standard up track to 2200'. No travellers were observed above the treeline on Tincan.
1515931260January 14, 2018 12:01pmSummit - Frontside of SummitFront side of summit up to 2800'
1515852000January 13, 2018 2:00pmSummit - TenderfootYesAlaska Avalanche School Pro 1 Course; Instructors Eeva Latosuo, Blaine Smith, and Mike Janes We skinned up the road access past the AT&T comm site to do some practice profiles "out of the rain". …
1515850200January 13, 2018 1:30pmTurnagain - Tincan treesYesDug some handpits, seemed like pretty wet snow.
1515848400January 13, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Base of “Farside” run, South of The PinnacleToured up from Independence parking lot through rock garden to base of Farside run below The Pinnacle.
1515848400January 13, 2018 1:00pmTurnagain - Tincan TreesYesStandard uptrack on Tincan.
1515784320January 12, 2018 7:12pmSummit - General ObservationLight snow and rain today with upper elevations receiving significant wind loading from Easterly direction. Poor visibility during observation. No natural avalanche activity observed. Active wind load …
1515782460January 12, 2018 6:41pmTurnagain - Motorized lotRiding around on the flats near the motorized lot today. There was about 20" new snow since yesterday. Winds have been drifting snow and deeper areas were noted. Experienced a large shooting crack on …
1515775740January 12, 2018 4:49pmTurnagain - Tincan TreesRegular Tincan uptrack to the trees, Thanks Kelly and the other guy for trail.
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