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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
1511190000November 20, 2017 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Ray-Wallis BowlYesI saw two remote triggered avalanches and one direct action triggered avalanche while in the Ray-Wallis bowl.The avalanches are now small in both destructive and relative to path.
1511179200November 20, 2017 12:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard up track to 2,800'
1511173800November 20, 2017 10:30Hatcher Pass - MarmotYesTook skintrack from parking lot up the SW face towards the ridge.
1511096400November 19, 2017 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot shoulderMine winter parking lot to Microdot common up track to a bench on the shoulder of Microdot at ~4300ft. Skied down back to the car. Hand pits and pole tests along the route, no formal stability test …
1511033880November 18, 2017 7:38pmSummit - Wrong mountain, North of Carter lakeYesWrong mountain. North of Carter lake, when looking north from the lake up slope in the ridge of trees. Hiked up from Carter ptarmigan hunting (none to be had), stayed toward the east through the obvio …
1511031600November 18, 2017 7:00pmHatcher Pass - Rae Wallace & Sidney CreekNew, reactive wind slabs observed on leeward slopes and moderate to fast sloughing encountered on S & W faces.
1511010000November 18, 2017 1:00pmHatcher Pass - PinnacleYesClimbed and skied to 5300'
1511003340November 18, 2017 11:09Hatcher Pass - IM7/10 stability 5/10 ski quality Low reactivity, decent coverage, crowded At least a dozen bc users hiking april bowl Not as winded as expected
1510934400November 17, 2017 4:00pmHatcher Pass - MarmotYesAscend Marmot from fishhook lot, descend/ascend rae wallace, descend SW Marmot from top
1510664400November 14, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard SW route to 2600'
1510488000November 12, 2017 12:00pmHatcher Pass - 4068 (?)Skinned from Fishhook Lot up to Peak 4068, did 2 laps on Easterly aspects. The West wind suddenly turned on at about 11am and had periods of very strong gusts through the afternoon
1510398000November 11, 2017 11:00Hatcher Pass - Skyscraper and Eldorado BowlIMB>Eldorado Bowl>Skyscraper Mt
1510317000November 10, 2017 12:30pmHatcher Pass - MicrodotToured up the standard skin track toward Microdot. Near surfaces faceting making for fun early season turns where snow has not been wind effected.
1510146000November 8, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass - Road obs
1510056000November 7, 2017 12:00pmTurnagain - Upper Bertha CreekToured straight up Bertha Cr. found 3" of fresh light snow at the road. At roughly 2000 found 0-3' of supportable crust under the new snow. At 3000' found more consolidated snow underneath 0-10" in de …
1510046985November 7, 2017 9:29Hatcher Pass - Bennet's RidgeBennet's Ridge to Sunnyside of Hatch Peak
1509976800November 6, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - SunburstWith 3" in my driveway and 4-5" at the Center Ridge Snotel at 1,800', I was convinced that we would find 5-7" on a thin supportive base covering the grassy slopes of Sunburst. I was wrong. We couldn't …
1509969600November 6, 2017 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher Pass roadWindy up high in the ridges, many slopes showing signs of thin, blown snow and sastrugis . N/NW aspects slopes loading up.
1509807600November 4, 2017 3:00pmChugach State Park - "Hope Mountain" / W of Ptarmigan PeakYesRode my bike on the Powerline trail, all the way to the lake behind Ptarmingan Peak. Saw a debris of an avalanche, unknown how old or how that happened, but seemed that came from top to bottom.
1509804000November 4, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot Benchskinned to bench (3700') between Microdot and Marmot from Independence mine parking lot
1509796800November 4, 2017 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Milk GlacierToured to 5,000 ft ASL on the Milk via the Crow Pass trail to Barnes Mountain. Obviously along the Crow Pass trail avalanches have run to the ground and the valley floor from the recent avalanche cycl …
1509548400November 1, 2017 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Road ObservationsRoad observations and short hike up IM ski trail
1509548400November 1, 2017 3:00pmHatcher Pass - MicroDot PeakYesMicroDot Peak. Skinned up from Independence Bowl Parking Lot to lower south slope of MicroDot Peak and on up to picnic bench at 4200'. Six inches of powder on a supportable crust for most of the route …
1509530400November 1, 2017 10:00Hatcher Pass - Friendship PassMelt/freeze crust now firm and supportable, but you can poke a ski pole through it. Several inches of fluff on top. Numerous natural avalanches in the entire Hatcher area, especially on S/SW slopes an …
1509459300October 31, 2017 2:15pmHatcher Pass - Micro DotYesObserved large wet slab avalanche while skiing Micro Dot's lower bench. WS-N-D2-R4-G on marked slope (see picture). Multiple point releases on warming slopes (see Jeff Kase's obs).
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