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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
1527708240May 30, 2018 7:24pmHatcher Pass - Hatch peakYesCasual tour up the gravel road to Hatch Peak. Snow started at the gate.
1527174000May 24, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Crow Pass Trail and road observation to Portage ValleyCrow Pass trail to 2600'. We took the standard trail and then traveled a talus slope to avoid deeper snow and avalanche hazard from above. We wanted to get an overview of snow cover and recent avalanc …
1526691600May 19, 2018 1:00Hatcher Pass - Peak 4068, NE and NW aspects; Hatch Peak, NE aspect; and Marmot Peak, NW aspectYesToured up into Rae-Wallace Bowl and then to Picnic Bench (4200') on west ridge of MicroDot.
1526631420May 18, 2018 8:17Hatcher Pass - 4068'4068 N and NE aspects. The entire hillside slide and triggered sympathetic releases in other aspects
1526220759May 13, 2018 2:12pmOutside of Advisory Area - Cantwell ZoneYesSnowmachine triggered large avalanche in the Cantwell area weekend of May 12-13th. Rider was caught and carried, escaped uninjured. This was a North facing upper elevation slope. Coordinates not know …
1526065080May 11, 2018 6:58pmTurnagain - Road Obs- Shed cycleYesFrozen is turning to liquid brought Sixmile river up to 3000 cfs overnight. Significant avalanches noted along most of the Turnagain corridor. Wish I had a better camera but a couple of I phone picts …
1526049000May 11, 2018 2:30pmTurnagain - Turnagain- Road ObsYesQuick trip thru Turnagain Pass after last nights intense weather yielded some impressive avalanches in some popular ski terrain.
1525862700May 9, 2018 10:45Hatcher Pass - Microdot SW Ascended the SW ridge of Microdot for a short day tour. The majority of north facing steep aspects have seen recent activity in the upper Hatcher Pass area.
1525719600May 7, 2018 7:00pmHatcher Pass - YesA snowboarder rode the slope 3 times and a sledder high marked it before the slope broke from a sledder hitting a drop and triggering the slide.
1525711500May 7, 2018 4:45pmChugach State Park - South Fork Eagle River, North BowlYes Standard up-track from Artic Valley to the peak of Rendezvous. From the peak of Rendezvous a recent slide was visible on North Bowl. Couldn't see any ski tracks from a distance, likely triggered b …
1525591140May 6, 2018 7:19 - TincanNormal uptrack to Tincan Common. Short lap of Common, then a full lap all the way out. Snow line was barely 50ft from the cars. Forecast was for snow/rain and heavy clouds, but sunshine shone through …
1525528800May 5, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - MarmotYesToured standard uptrack/shoulder of Marmot. Topped out via the S side and ran a couple of laps on the West face.
1525478400May 5, 2018 12:00Hatcher Pass - Pinnacle and MarmotSkinned up to Pinnacle from Mine Lot, goal to ski couloir, but snow squalls shut us down. Retreated back to Fishhook to ski south face of Marmot. Fresh wet~ish snow everywhere, lots of coverage. Poin …
1525294800May 2, 2018 9:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatch PeakYesSkied some north facing aspects with dry snow.
1525273200May 2, 2018 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Valley of sinYes
1525208400May 1, 2018 9:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatch PeakMostly cloudy, scattered storms. Observed no new avalanches, except for the previously mentioned one on Bennet ridge from a few days ago.
1525114440April 30, 2018 6:54pmHatcher Pass - Bennets RidgeYesWent back to site for observation from 4/28 to observe any changes in stability and to perform additional stability tests. While conducting snow pit tests on low angel terrain (19º) just off ridge to …
1525093200April 30, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher PeakYesToured up 1000 Dollar to Saddle on lookers right of Hatch Peak. We had a great tour and noted Fredrik's avalanche on the decent down 1000 Dollar.
1525017600April 29, 2018 4:00pmChugach State Park - Falls CrYesSkied Falls Cr yesterday. Heavy precipitation, strong winds, constant spindrift, small natural sloughs, frequent small cracking, no natural slab avalanches observed, no sign of ski tracks from previou …
1524927600April 28, 2018 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot ShoulderTook standard uptrack to low shoulder of Marmot to assess stability and do some pow farming.
1524918600April 28, 2018 12:30pmHatcher Pass - Bennett Ridge - 1000$ RunOverall good skiing, less new snow on S and E aspects. Where the new snow sits on top of a stout melt-freeze crust. Very poor visibility (in the clouds), making navigation, skiing and observations dif …
1524672000April 25, 2018 4:00pmTurnagain, Girdwood/Portage - Turnagain and Portage Road ObsVisibility was limited into the Alpine and worsened as we drove South. In Turnagain Pass we could see a few new small wet loose avalanches in some of the steep channeled gully's on Seattle Ridge. Talk …
1524409200April 22, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - Tincan TreesToured up standard route to 2300’ top of trees. Managed to get to snow line during a brief let up in precipitation. Snowing up high with lots of wind and wet snow and rain down low.
1524409200April 22, 2018 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Craigie Creek, Purches CreekParked at the Craigie Creek trailhead and rode up to the top of Craigie Creek valley. Headed North across Purches Creek and rode the Southern aspect bowl. Snow seemed better/deeper on Northern aspects …
1524337800April 21, 2018 7:10pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine areaWent up into the Pinnacle basin for a high north steep face but did not continue due to recent wind drifts up to 12" thick forming a slab sitting on Near Surface Facets, seemed like our objective woul …
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