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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
1547931960January 19, 2019 9:06pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeThe snow was hard as a glacier. Surface hoar from the bottom up to the top. Uptrail was icy. Pretty foggy from parking lot until about 1500ft elevation. Bluebird on top.
1547922420January 19, 2019 6:27pmTurnagain - Tincan and Center RidgeAlaska Guide Collective - Rec Level 2 avalanche course 9:30am - 5:00pm One group to Tincan via backdoor route up to 2,000' One group to Center Ridge up to 1,200'
1547910000January 19, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - Corn Biscuit to Gold PanToured up the Corn Biscuit ridge, into the Superbowl drainage and up the headwall (between Corn Biscuit and Magnum) to get a look into the Gold Pan zone.
1547910000January 19, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Independence CreekVariable snow surface conditions from soft and fluffy to too hard to get an edge.Always underlaid with faceted layers to ground
1547906400January 19, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge, AST CourseAST course, posting homework from Seattle Ridge field day!
1547905860January 19, 2019 1:51pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge (North of Uptrack)Level 1 AST (Sully, St. John, Students) Travelled the uptrack. Dug test pit just above Lil Sweden. CT 16 reaction 12" below surface ECT no reaction Surface Hoar above 1500' on hardpack and ice On …
1547902800January 19, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge - North of uptrackThick layer of dense fog at parking lot to the tree line. Slippery uptrack until out of the fog. Blue bird day on top. Surface frost from parking lot to the top.
1547902680January 19, 2019 12:58pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge North of uptrackIcy hardpack Surface hoar
1547823600January 18, 2019 3:00pmChugach State Park - Ptarmigan Peak, North Face, S-couloirDescended S-couloir on Ptarmigan peak
1547816400January 18, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - MagnumToured up south west ridge of magnum to 3400ft.
1547740800January 17, 2019 4:00pmHatcher Pass - Mill Run, Above Independence MineSkinned up to the Mill Run from Independence Mine to dig a full profile snow pit. While old tracks were filled in during the wind event last weekend, surface conditions on the Mill Run above Independe …
1547737560January 17, 2019 3:06pmSummit - Low elevations ButchStopped en route to Homer to poke around on the lower elevations of Butch. Went over the bridge and along the lake before cutting in to climb. Didn't have much time so only made it to the first bench. …
1547737200January 17, 2019 3:00pmSummit - FresnoSkinned to 3100' from the road. Height of snow gradually increased from ~50cm at 1400' to ~90cm at 3000'. Ski pole could be pushed w force through slab to weak basal facets at the bottom of the pack - …
1547737200January 17, 2019 3:00pmSummit - Fresnoparallel striated V present from road to 3100', rollerballs, no recent activity
1547733600January 17, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Hatch Peak, North Face...just above $1000 RunToured up $1000 Run beneath north face of Hatch Peak to overlook of April Basin. Snow surface was supportable crust with no dust for most part. Wind affected surface.
1547732700January 17, 2019 1:45pmGirdwood/Portage - Crow CreekYesEnd of crow Creek Rd to ~2000’ dig pit. Ski 2 laps
1547650800January 16, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - SunburstStandard route up West ridge to 3100'.
1547647200January 16, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Indep. Mine to Dylan´s Molar to Rae WallaceIMB > Dylan´s Molar> Rae Wallace > IMB Previous heavy wind scouring to the ground on exposed features and ridgelines above 3000'. Widespread breakable crust. Non-breakable, supportable wi …
1547572080January 15, 2019 5:08pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine, Gold Cord LakeLeft Mine parking lot and skin direct route to Gold Cord Lake following existing skin Tracks. Once at lake skinned across to North side of lake to sample area.
1547553600January 15, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Upper Willow CreekSnowmachined over to Upper Willow Creek to dig on leeward aspects. Dug several pits between 4000’ and 4275’ on W, N, and NNE aspects.
1547546400January 15, 2019 10:00Seward - Lost Lake Summer TrailSkied up the summer trail under clear skies. I noticed some surface hoar at the trailhead, but nowhere else. I dug a pit at 1175ft and did a full profile. I noticed some R1D1 avalanches from a week ag …
1547478000January 14, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Reed Lakes Trailhead and Archangel Creek BridgeToured from Archangel lot to the Reed Lakes Trailhead and back.
1547478000January 14, 2019 3:00pmSummit - Fresno RidgeClimbed up from gravel pit to 2850' above The Shield. Slight wind texture started at 1750' Significant wind affect above 2500'
1547470800January 14, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard uptrack to 2700' Wind scouring and loading was evident throughout the Alpine terrain. Old tracks were completely covered in places and very visible in others.
1547467200January 14, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - April Bowl / Upper Willow CreekSnowmachined up to Hatcher Pass, "toured" (walked) up Bennet's Ridge, circled around the ridge of April Bowl from east to west, poked around in the snow on the N aspect a bit, skied N aspect back to s …
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