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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1490386920March 24, 2017 8:22pmTurnagain - EddiesAPU Snow science 1 class toured to 2500'
1490376960March 24, 2017 5:36pmTurnagain - Tincan Common UptrackAlaska Pacific University Snow Science class toured to 2300' to observe how four day old storm snow is behaving.
1490295600March 23, 2017 7:00pmTurnagain - SunburstEarly evening up Sunburst to ~3000'; down westerly aspect to parking lot.
1490295600March 23, 2017 7:00pmPlacer - Portage Valley - Skookum GlacierQuick trip up to the Skookum glacier to check out the human triggered avalanches from the past several days along with assessing how the new snow is bonding, considering this zone received the most sn …
1490287320March 23, 2017 4:42pmSummit - General ObservationYes Recent sun affect natural avalanches on South Aspect in steep and rocky terrain. Generally small avalanches D-1 one D-2. On NW aspect D-1 Human Triggered Avalanche (Unknown time frame) just to loo …
1490277600March 23, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Lower Eldorado  Travelled up lower Eldorado. No recent avalanches. No cracking, collapsing, or whumping observed. Overall, good stability. Find the facets, find the goods!    
1490277600March 23, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - TincanYesSkied standard uptrack on Tincan to 2900ft to ridgetop at head of Hippie Bowl.
1490274000March 23, 2017 1:00pmSummit - TenderfootToured up to the ridgeline on Tenderfoot
1490270400March 23, 2017 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Crow Pass AreaToured up Crow Pass to Raven glacier. The trail from the summer parking lot to Crow Pass is a combination of breakable sastrugi, ice, concrete and slide for life traverses the entire way. Very challen …
1490198400March 22, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - Corn BiscuitAscended/descended West face of Corn Biscuit to 3200'. Experienced localized collapsing below 1600' off of the established skin track. We noted a handful of old (within the last two days) skier trigge …
1490117460March 21, 2017 5:31pmTurnagain - South face cornbuscuitYes
1490097600March 21, 2017 12:00pmTurnagain - Corn BiscuitBroke trail up Corn Biscuit. Dug 2 pits. Skied a WSW from 3,200 feet, lower third turns more SW and had light breakable suncrust. Lap 2 planned to ski another WSW line from 3,500 feet, but a big woo …
1490018400March 20, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge, Main Bowl, Warm Up Bowl, Minus 3 BowlRode up Seattle Ridge to see how the storm snow was settling and bonding to the old faceted snow below.
1489983360March 20, 2017 4:16Turnagain - MagnumYesMagnum
1489954080March 19, 2017 8:08pmTurnagain - GoldpanYesToured up Bertha Creek towards Goldpan. Snowing heavily in the AM, before rapidly clearing and becoming mostly sunny.
1489951500March 19, 2017 7:25pmTurnagain - Sunburst TreelineYes7" of new snow at sunburst treeline. Snow fell inverted with the last traces falling around 1pm melting instantly on my gear. Did not complete pit tests due to snow being unconsolidated. Loose snow av …
1489939200March 19, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - Seward Highway down to Johnson PassDid a lap through the pass down to Johnson to get road observations after the skies cleared off
1489932000March 19, 2017 2:00pmPlacer - SkookumRode out Skookum to check on motorized area signage.
1489932000March 19, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - North end of Gold Cord basinToured from Parking lost at end of road up thru Independence Mine bldgings to north end Gold Cord basin. Returned via lookers right along base of Sky Scraper Mtn.
1489924800March 19, 2017 12:00pmTurnagain - tincan treesA few laps in the trees
1489877340March 18, 2017 10:49pmPlacer - Skookum Glacier9 inches new snow at the head of the Skookum from the Wednesday night's storm. Widespread point releases on the hard bed surface had already occurred. Of note, skiing steep terrain produced almost no …
1489865700March 18, 2017 7:35pmTurnagain - Spokane CreekToured up Spokane Creek to upper basin. Variable snow quality
1489845600March 18, 2017 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - A-1 areaToured up to around 4,000. Surface hoar forming on most aspects and decreasing in size with elevation gain. Didn't notice surface hoar on a shaded north aspect but snow was very loose and faceted.
1489763460March 17, 2017 3:11pmAnchorage Front Range - Bear ValleyToured up ridge line above Brewsters Dr
1489669200March 16, 2017 1:00pmSummit - East and South faces of Fresno to 2700'Toured up the East face of Fresno to 2700'
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