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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1487534820February 19, 2017 8:07pmHatcher Pass - MicroDot, SW RidgeRae-Wallace Bowl from Independence Bowl Parking Lot to south aspect of SW Ridge of Microdot Peak. Poor visibility to the extent that we used glacier wands to mark our route. Glad we did!
1487532300February 19, 2017 7:25pmTurnagain - tincan treesLaps in the trees, didn't go above 2,200 due to low vis.
1487524740February 19, 2017 5:19pmHatcher Pass - Gold cord, cross hill, microdot ridgeWhiteout vertigo ping pong milkbird : a beautiful snowpack observation day at Hatcher Pass! It did clear for a hot minute and we were able to get a clear view of all surrounding slopes and saw no evid …
1487512800February 19, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge Up-Track, Repeat OffenderThe goal for the day was to get up Seattle Ridge and poke into the zones where two recent human triggered avalanches occurred yesterday, Feb 18.
1487512800February 19, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - SunburstAscended lower Sunburst skin track near Taylor Creek. Poor visibility with obscuring cloud cover; didn't see the ridge. Steepest skin track up <35 degrees.
1487505600February 19, 2017 12:00pmSummit - Summit Pass Northerly TerrainToured Saturday and Sunday in northerly terrain to ridge top levels
1487505600February 19, 2017 12:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Seward - Mt MarathonSkied Mt Marathon to a bit short of the summit. Stopped to avoid potential, but not observed instabilities from solar warming, outflow wind transport, and thin spots in the snowpack. Pit @ 3700 ft, …
1487426400February 18, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Eddies to 2500'Toured to 2500' on Eddies
1487422800February 18, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Creek RampYes
1487419200February 18, 2017 12:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Seward - Mt EvaToured to roughly 3500 feet, limited from going higher by snow showers and low visibility. Pit 1) W Aspect 20 degrees 2200 ft Height Snow: 3 meters Height Pit: 1.5 meters CT12 Q2 15 cm CT16 …
1487365158February 17, 2017 8:59pmHatcher Pass - X4068 North FaceYesToured on X4068 this afternoon. Starting from Fishhook Lot, taking the Low-Low traverse around to the East ridge to avoid loaded ridge features with deep hard slabs. Previous portions of these slabs h …
1487342700February 17, 2017 2:45pmAnchorage Front Range - North Bowl, Hiland RdYesSkinned up SF Eagle River trail to Hunter Pass and up ridge to south to access North Bowl on backside of ridge. Snowpack condition is extremely spatially variable - very poor structure in places (slab …
1487336400February 17, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst uptrackAlaska Pacific University Snow Science field day touring up on Sunburst uptrack up to 2200' with a quick poke into lower Magnum uptrack across Taylor Creek.
1487263020February 16, 2017 4:37pmTurnagain - SunburstTour up the Sunburst standard up-track to look at the new snow and how well it is bonding with the old snow surface. We found bonding to be poor with buried surface hoar under the new snow.
1487254440February 16, 2017 2:14pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lost Lake and Seward AreaTotal snow accumulation past 24 hours 18" of new snow.(Measured at parking lot at 1200). Current weather conditions: Heavy snowfall 1"+ an hour. Temperatures in the low 30's.
1487246400February 16, 2017 12:00pmSummit - Fresno East FaceToured up the East face of Fresno to 2050' in order to get some snow and weather data for the Summit Lake area and also drove the hwy and observed several recent avalanches from this last storm cycle. …
1487174400February 15, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - Tincan to weather stationStandard skin track to 2300', just above weather station. Experienced collapsing with several very load humphs below 2000'. We also experience shooting cracks on small unsupported test slope. Clear sk …
1487091000February 14, 2017 4:50pmTurnagain - Seward highway between Girdwood and Turnagain PassObserved natural avalanches and avalanches from DOT/ARR mitigation while heading up to the pass.
1487080800February 14, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObservationsDid a lap of the road out to Johnson pass between 2 & 3 pm limited visibility but we were able to see many avalanches on Seattle ridge that had occurred within the past 24 hours.
1486998000February 13, 2017 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Portage Road Obs and Girdwood obsYesWe drove Portage Road between 2pm and 3pm and witnessed a natural avalanche near Williwaw Campground. Photos below. Visibility was pretty good and could see around some of the valley. There were numer …
1486994400February 13, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObsDrove through Turngain Pass between 1pm to 2pm and visibility was limited, but a small sucker hole allowed for a good view of Eddies and Wolverine. No obvious natural activity was observed during that …
1486933800February 12, 2017 9:10pmSummit - ManitobaManitoba western aspect to treeline. Alaska Avalanche School level 1 course, based from Manitoba hut.
1486911600February 12, 2017 3:00pmTurnagain - Tincan weather stationNoticed some large cracking on the NW facing slope in the bowl by the weather station. Approximately 15' across, stable at the time but likely extremely unstable with the warming, wet snow/rain combo.
1486908000February 12, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeOut with the Alaska Avalanche School Motorized Level 1 for a field day. Attempted to go up the Seattle Ridge up-track but got shut down by awful visibility. The class split to get some info and practi …
1486907100February 12, 2017 1:45pmAnchorage Front Range - Flat topYesWent up second trail on right from glen alps to flat top area, weather came in and turned around after exploring tightly spaced spruce on the nne aspect.
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