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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1494943200May 16, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard Tincan, short lap up high in the bowl, and then all the way via the main ridge. Snow was very wet and it needs a refreeze badly. We set off many wet-sluffs on steeper slopes, and kicked of …
1494874800May 15, 2017 7:00pmChugach State Park - Harp MountainUp the ridge, had to dirt-walk for a few hundred vert. Then skinning in totally rotten snow pack. Ski penetration in was often shin deep in slush. Skiing was pretty bad, though funny. Face plants occu …
1494860400May 15, 2017 3:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard Tincan uptrack to ridgetop at 3400ft.
1494090000May 6, 2017 5:00pmChugach State Park - Falls Creek Hiked/skinned up to falls creek lake. Snow level @ ~ 2000'. Generally supportable snow
1494090000May 6, 2017 5:00pmTurnagain - Pastoral
1494018000May 5, 2017 9:00pmTurnagain - Seattle ridgeYesMoto parking lot to Seattle ridge and south toward triangle bowl. Still winter above 2K. Avalanche season isn't over. Stay vigilant. Carry rescue gear and continue safe travel protocols if venturing i …
1493985600May 5, 2017 12:00pmChugach State Park - Peking - Rumble - RainaEnjoyable snow in the upper half of the X couloir, and bad snow in the lower half. Thin, but mostly skinnable in the Peters Creek bottoms. Hard snow in the Rumble apron, then awesome dense powder, unt …
1493564400April 30, 2017 3:00pmChugach State Park - North bowlParking lot to hunter pass to north bowl summit.
1493560800April 30, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Up-Track, Main BowlLeft the parking lot at 11:30, climbed the motorized up-track without issue, dropped into main bowl and rode for a couple hours. Noticed some recent slides in the area so we pretty much stayed around …
1493553600April 30, 2017 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Fairangel ValleySkied two north facing lines in Fairangel. 20 cm of dense, creamy powder. While skinning back up the face experienced an alarming collapse with a distinct shooting crack. One side of the crack was vis …
1493478000April 29, 2017 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Byron Glacier TrailWalked up the Byron Glacier Trail to assess the avalanche hazard as we head into May. The trail is still snow covered but folks have been walking most of the way up the trail before splitting off wher …
1493393400April 28, 2017 3:30pmTurnagain, Girdwood/Portage - Turnagain Pass Road obsNew slab avalanche on North side of Orca Ridge/Big League in the Girdwood Valley New glide release on SW face of Tincan New wet loose on Magnum W face Skier triggered wet loose on SW shoulder of Su …
1493218800April 26, 2017 3:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObsDrove through Turnagain Pass to see if there's been any new natural activity over the last two days with warm temps and rainy/overcast conditions. A few new natural wet loose slides were seen on Magnu …
1493125200April 25, 2017 1:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 3Skin/boot packed up trying to stay up on the ridge above the main gully as much as possible. Shallow re-freeze of the top layer, collapsing through to some wet soggy snow on west-facing slopes. Snow i …
1493053200April 24, 2017 5:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObsDrove through Turnagain Pass to Johnson Pass trailhead at around 5 pm to look for recent wet avalanche activity and glide releases due to rain, warm temperatures and lack of freeze overnight
1492948800April 23, 2017 12:00pmTurnagain - Magnum/Sunburst area - Basketball & Elevator ShaftYesSkied Basketball and Elevator Shaft yesterday. Snow falling up high, rain down low. Basketball was something like hot pow, Elevator Shaft was more like wet pow. First skier down Basketball triggered a …
1492876800April 22, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - SunburstTour up Sunburst to take a look at the amount of re-freeze from last night as well as any recent avalanche activity that may have occurred.
1492790400April 21, 2017 4:00pm - Road Observations along Turnagain PassYesA quick drive through Turnagain Pass to see if there has been any recent avalanche activity in the last couple days. Answer is yes. One new glide/wet slab on Seattle Ridge and possibly one new glide/w …
1492630200April 19, 2017 7:30pmChugach State Park - Rendezvous Peak-Avalanche GullyToured up cat track to the Gordon Lyon-Rendezvous Peak pass and along N shoulder to summit of Rendezvous Peak.
1492606800April 19, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanAscended to top of Common, descended via CFR.
1492542000April 18, 2017 7:00pmChugach State Park - McHugh PeakToured up the NW ridge of McHugh, skied a W aspect gully.
1492444800April 17, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Advisory Area heli obsFlight through Turnagain Pass as part of a repeater repair mission. Seated on the left side of helicopter so only got a good look at the East side of the pass except for one shot of Seattle Ridge.
1492444800April 17, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Advisory Area heli obs Part 2Flight through Turnagain Pass as part of a repeater repair mission. Seated on the left side of helicopter so only got a good look at the East side of the pass except for one shot of Seattle Ridge.
1492363800April 16, 2017 5:30pmTurnagain - SW Corn BiscuitTwo large wet slab releases to the ground SW face of Corn Biscuit, looked like initiated by wet loose stuff from rocks above. Seemed pretty recent as evidenced by the snow still in the tract, I was in …
1492272000April 15, 2017 4:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Eklutna, Whiteout, Eagle glacier areaToured above girdwood. Several large avalanches on NW, NE and W aspects. E aspects had some activity but seemed limited to the melt/freeze cycle at this time. W aspects seemed to have the most recent …
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