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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1512914400December 10, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Friendship PassSkinned up Gold Cord Road to check out snow near Friendship Pass. Very wind hammered everywhere.
1512831600December 9, 2017 3:00pmTurnagain - Iditarod trail NE. from Center Ridge PL.Skied Iditarod Trail NE from Center Ridge PL for 3 miles. Did quick pit on NE-facing aspect of unnamed creek S. of Eddies Mtn 1325 ft..
1512828000December 9, 2017 2:00pmSummit - TenderfootYesAscended to 2400 feet on the standard Tenderfoot up-track. Above ~1700 feet on this tour we experienced a very unstable snowpack and what we'd deem considerable avalanche danger. Both our party and an …
1512824400December 9, 2017 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Dogsled PassDogsled Pass from Willow. Lots of snow. Rumbling and alarming collapses, some of them so big we could feel them from the sled. Continued collapsing when skiing right next to new sled tracks. Shooting …
1512748680December 8, 2017 3:58pmHatcher Pass - Independence MindStudy pits around Ind. Mine on E. aspects. Note: all snow study conducted within 100m of the mine.
1512745200December 8, 2017 3:00pmTurnagain - Tincan to 3200'Standard uptrack to above Common Bowl, 3200' on SW ridge. We could see evidence from Thursday's storm of recent avalanches on North aspect of Tincan and Sunburst. There were a few groups out today tha …
1512741600December 8, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot test slopes to Microdot lowersToured up to Marmot lower test slopes and towards Microdot westerly lower slopes. Similar synopsis on NW, S, and W aspects which all include persistent slabs (from wind or storm slab) overlying weak f …
1512741600December 8, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan Std route to Common BowlToured up the standard route to the top of Tincan Common.
1512740580December 8, 2017 1:43pmSummit - Genearal ObservationSummit Lake saw rain/snow mix over the past few days with 2" new snow at valley bottom. Snowpack still remain thin. Several small avalanches were observed on West aspects of Tritip and Butch (D-1). Th …
1512738000December 8, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard route to the top.
1512591956December 6, 2017 8:25pmTurnagain - SunburstSunburst normal up track to 2200'. Above 1800' widespread collapsing. Could make out a large slide path of an avalanche on SW face of SB that was remotely triggered on Monday, Dec. 4 mid storm. Inv …
1512576480December 6, 2017 4:08pmTurnagain - Tin CanYes
1512573840December 6, 2017 3:24pmTurnagain - TincanHeaded normal skin track. Skied in the trees - west and north-west side. Climbed back out and skied back to car near skin track. At the bottom of a run, we noticed an avalanche above us on a north asp …
1512572400December 6, 2017 3:00pmTurnagain - Road Obs and Tincan avalanchesYesTwo remotely triggered avalanches on Tincan today around 2:15pm, on South and North aspects of CFR ridge. No one was caught. I spoke with a group in the parking area who said they had experienced col …
1512568800December 6, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan west and northYesToured up std route to the final ridge to the common bowl. Final low angle ridge was pretty buffed so turned around and did a run from there since skiing the steeper faces, or under them did not seem …
1512566340December 6, 2017 1:19pmChugach State Park - Rendezvous RidgeYesStandard route
1512561600December 6, 2017 12:00pmHatcher Pass - HP RoadYesHP Road Ob. We practiced companion rescue on the flats near Independence Mine so didn't poke around on any test slopes but did take photos of several natural avalanches attached below.
1512482400December 5, 2017 2:00pmSummit - lower ManitobaHunting in the shrubs of Manitoba area, below 2100', ran out of day light to get higher onto the actual ski slope. Snow depth was surprisingly good, whole ATV trail is skinnable/skiable. Grass in mead …
1512478800December 5, 2017 1:00pmHatcher Pass - On terminal morane below War Bonnett aka Baby RuthWe did a low angle tour up the west side of Independence Mine around Gold Cord Mine and back down to the parking lot. Things were not as touchy as I expected.
1512475200December 5, 2017 12:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard uptrack with some "whumpf hunting" and a deviation to the South to get off of the main route around 1700'  and then up to to 2250' elevation (treeline).
1512396000December 4, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass and Portage ValleyHigh Avalanche Danger Road observations through Turnagain Pass and Portage Valley
1512388800December 4, 2017 12:00pmTurnagain - SunburstYesNormal skin track on Sunburst.
1512374400December 4, 2017 8:00Outside of Advisory Area - Lower Russian Lakes Trail to Barber CabinThis avalanche came down above Lower Russian Lake cut off trail to Barber Cabin sometime during the night on Sunday. Thanks for all the updates and observations backcountry travelers!
1512374400December 4, 2017 8:00Outside of Advisory Area - Moose North (West Aspect)2 Avalanches Observed on Moose North on Monday. Debris made it down to lower elevations. Debris is estimated to be 4-6' deep due to terrain trap on the southern avalanche. Picture was taken looking So …
1512309600December 3, 2017 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatcher Pass Road: Gate to summit of pass.YesOn an otherwise bleak day, I skinned from gate to summit of pass and return.
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