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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1545141600December 18, 2018 2:00pmSummit - Fresno 2900'Standard uptrack through lower meadows to ridge. High point 2900'.
1545130800December 18, 2018 11:00Hatcher Pass - $1000 Run / April BowlToured up $1000 to look for natural avalanche activity and check out general conditions.
1545059940December 17, 2018 3:19pmTurnagain - Tincan Common BowlYesUp route no obvious signs of instability. Small amounts of new snow. Many old skier tracks.
1545048000December 17, 2018 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Skyscraper MountainHad some great visibility today in Hatcher Pass. Was able to spot recent natural avalanches on Skyscraper Mountain, Eldorado Bowl, and possibly Hatch Peak.
1545048000December 17, 2018 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Cross HillToured from Independence Mine parking lot to the base of Cross Hill. When we arrived at the base of Cross Hill, I experienced the loudest Whumph I have heard to this point. We dug a pit and the result …
1545048000December 17, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - SunburstToured standard uptrack of Sunburst looking for any obvious signs of instability, buried melt freeze interfaces, and any other layers of concern in the snowpack. We first dug off the skin track around …
1544987100December 16, 2018 7:05pmTurnagain - Tincan and SunburstAlaska Guide Collective - Rec Level 1 avalanche course on Sunburst to 2,100' and Tincan to 2,200'
1544986800December 16, 2018 7:00pmTurnagain - tincanSkied some alpine but low vis kept us mostly in the trees. New snow was fairly consistent from hippy bowl through trees. Didn't notice any wind effect.
1544972400December 16, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Notch MtnYesNotch Mtn to Treeline (~2400'), then down a north aspect.
1544972400December 16, 2018 3:00pmSummit - TenderfootStandard uptrack to 2600'. Quick afternoon ski lap.
1544965200December 16, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - The Independence Mill below 900 ft Portal / TramwayToured around the Gold Chord area, the old Independence Mill, and water tunnel, below 900 ft portal/tramway.
1544897520December 15, 2018 6:12pmTurnagain - Sunburst and Tincan (from Center Ridge)Alaska Guide Collective - Rec Level 1 Avalanche Course. General observations from the day. Groups traveled upwards of 2,200 ft elevation on Tincan and Sunburst.
1544895060December 15, 2018 5:31pmHatcher Pass - Two groups on 1,000 dollar ridge, one on bench below Skyscraper near Independence MineAlaska Avalanche School Level 1 Class Field Observations Day so we didn't travel far, but we dug a ton of pits. Noted no new avalanche activity or red flags
1544886000December 15, 2018 3:00pmChugach State Park - Chugach State Park Arctic Valley.Toured up valley from Arctic Valley Ski Area PL. to S. frk. Eagle River saddle, then N. up ridge to just below top of Mt. Gordon Lyon. Then skied down Tequilla Bowl.
1544886000December 15, 2018 3:00pmSummit - TenderfootChoose to travel to Summit Lake area pursuit of the deep and soft stuff. Seemed to be a busy day when driving through the Turnagain area. Standard uptrack on Tenderfoot for a couple laps, descended o …
1544882400December 15, 2018 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Peak 4068Parked at upper road run lot, crossed creek and up the east shoulder of peak 4068 to 3650ft. Experienced propagating collapsing woompf and dug a pit to investigate. Skied down from the pit location …
1544878800December 15, 2018 1:00pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeYesSkied N, W, and E aspects around Seattle Ridge. Had several small windslabs break at our feet throughout the day. These were contained to the new windloading and were 6 - 9 inches deep. Triggered one …
1544878800December 15, 2018 1:00pmTurnagain - PastoralYesSkinned up Taylor Creek valley to Taylor Pass and then across to the base of Pastoral. Kept thinking things were going to go blue, but it stayed flat. Ski cut a low angle slope under Pastoral and let …
1544875200December 15, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge/SunnysideToured up Sunnyside/Seattle Ridge standard uptrack, looking at the snow surface and evaluating any crust/facet interfaces. We first headed northeast on Seattle Ridge towards Main Bowl (1st Bowl), and …
1544871600December 15, 2018 11:00Summit - TenderfootTenderfoot Ridge to just above alpine zone. Put dug at 2590’ West aspect approximately 25degree slope angle
1544829938December 14, 2018 11:25pmHatcher Pass - Microdot S and NosebleedTraveled from IMB parking to Microdot South Face and North face, Nose Bleed. Low density snow on top 10-30 cm. Some light wind effect on snow above 4200'
1544796000December 14, 2018 2:00pmChugach State Park - Arctic Valley RendezvousUp Arctic Valley to the pass between Rendezvous and Gordon Lyon, up the Rendezvous north ridge to 3850ft.
1544745600December 14, 2018 12:00Turnagain - Seattle Ridge UptrackLate start for a few laps near the Seattle Ridge common uptrack. Excellent snow and great riding condition. Managed to find likely the only rock on that east face 🙁
1544731200December 13, 2018 8:00pmTurnagain - LibraryObserved very stable conditions on the west end of the Library. Perfectly right side up snowpack with no basal facets, 170 cm snowpack at ~2500 ft. Heard some whumphing but determined it was the brush …
1544731020December 13, 2018 7:57pmTurnagain - Widow maker , zero bowl, warm up bowlSnow machine side, no red flags
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