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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1557771600May 13, 2019 6:20pmOther Regions - Avalanche Mile 6 Russian River TrailYesObservation sent into Seward District trails program - Big thanks to the individual who sent the photos and info.
1557345720May 8, 2019 8:02pmChugach State Park - South Fork Eagle River 2 miles south of Trail headYesNew large avalanche down to base on North aspect this afternoon 5/8/19. Other small slides in the area today.
1557342000May 8, 2019 7:00pmChugach State Park - Powerline Pass ValleyYesSkied a north and south facing chute on the Wedge via Powerline Pass Valley then Ship Lake Pass. Most notable was a natural D3 slab avalanche that likely released earlier in the day. It was at 3,50 …
1557172800May 6, 2019 8:00pmChugach State Park - O'MalleyNorth face of O'Malley. 9 inches of creamy new snow above 4,000 ft. Extensive drifting of storm snow with drifts up to three feet deep. Boot penetration with verts up to 2 ft. Storm snow seemed well b …
1556992560May 4, 2019 5:56pmTurnagain - Tincan common bowlLarge glide crack opening up in the middle of tincan common (photo). Also noticed several glide cracks above tree line on eddie on popular west facing slopes, and glide cracks just above treeline near …
1556928000May 4, 2019 12:00Summit - Tenderfoot2nd day in a row we climbed the Tenderfoot Ridge trying to get to Hale Bop. Turned around due to time, then due to incoming storm. Good corn snow both days below 4k'. Temps at Summit Lake area have be …
1556888400May 3, 2019 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Bennets ridgeYesSecond hand report of a full-depth, skier-triggered slab avalanche on a northish aspect of Bennets ridge on May 3rd, midday.
1556841600May 3, 2019 12:00Girdwood - Pyramid PeakYesRoad Observation: While driving to ski Tincan on Thursday late morning we noticed a large glide crack on the West aspect of Pyramid Peak. Once we got to Tincan we saw the same type of glide crack all …
1556815620May 2, 2019 4:47pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine AreaYesSkinned up towards Murphy Lake. Turned around just before the moraine, due to widespread, long-ranging collapses and recent wet-slab avalanches on NW side of Microdot. Many areas with thinner snowpack …
1556390580April 27, 2019 6:43pmChugach State Park - Falls Creek CouliorSlightly overhanging cornice on the booters left above the falls creek couloir. (see photo) Located about 50-60 feet from the top out.
1556373600April 27, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan Common BowlBackdoor uptrack to the Tincan ridgeline around 3200'. Descended Common Bowl, tried to avoided the recent slide area. Another group descended Todd's run, no instability was seen.
1556368200April 27, 2019 12:30pmHatcher Pass - Delia Creek-ishYesWe skinned up the ridge east of Delia Creek, and after getting stopped by a sketchy knife edge section we descended an east facing slope (~35 deg) into the adjacent valley to continue that way. On the …
1556366400April 27, 2019 12:00pmGirdwood - California and Upper Bird CreekSeveral D3 avalanches on north aspects that looked to be about a week old. Widespread, small, non reactive wind pockets from the last week's winds that acted well bonded. Soft, settled pow with no sig …
1556362800April 27, 2019 11:00Hatcher Pass - MarmotHere is an update on my last observation. I spoke with a park ranger on Saturday in regards to the snow machine corridor. He informed me that April bowl and Sky scrapper are both inside the boundaries …
1556301600April 26, 2019 6:00pmChugach State Park - West Twin PeakWidespread large point releases with big powder clouds on all steep sun touched slopes. Very light zipper crust, but no sign of significant loading from recent winds. No observed signs of current slab …
1556280000April 26, 2019 12:00pmTurnagain - Petes NorthSkied a North facing chute off Pete's North. Walked 30 ft from the car to reach snowline. Creek crossing and bush whacking is still manageable, but I bet not after 1 week of hot temps. Stout crust til …
1556200800April 25, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan Common BowlYesStandard route up tincan after the most recent storm cycle to see what sowpack was like.
1556193600April 25, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - April BowlToured a little west of April bowl. Snow surface is variable with different solar, wind, loading on every aspect. Did a couple runs on a steep, true north facing slope. Put 8 skiers down the slope, an …
1556193600April 25, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - April bowl and MarmotSkinned up peak $1000 run last Sunday and peak 4068 on Thursday. Both by the common skin track. Snow pack was fresh powder from latest storm with a bit of wind transfer. Stability was touch and go dep …
1556144995April 24, 2019 10:29pmTurnagain - TincanSkinned up standard route to 2400' to look at how much new snow has fallen over the last few days. We also hoped to assess the snowpack above 3000' on a North aspect to look for buried surface hoar an …
1556136000April 24, 2019 8:00pmChugach State Park - Ptarmigan - S. CouloirYesStrong headwind as we made our way up the valley. Turned around about halfway up due wind, stability concerns, and not wanting to be exposed to the high consequence terrain. I triggered a wind slab on …
1556042400April 23, 2019 6:00pmChugach State Park - The RampYesSkied a couple north facing coolies on the Ramp. Widespread, large, and loud point releases on anything that the sun touched. Fast and high volume sloughing. One line slid with the first skier. Slab b …
1555855200April 21, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard up track to about 2300’, tree line. Looking to see how low the bar could be set for touring in the new storm snow.
1555790400April 20, 2019 8:00pmChugach State Park - Falls CrYesSkied the usual 4-chute Falls Creek loop. The first chute had a real pile of debris in apron upon arrival. It had slid from half way up the line mid-storm. Most of the rest of the line slid upon sk …
1555772400April 20, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard up track to 2200'. Looking at new snow depths, bonding at the new/old interface and total snow depths in the mid elevation band (1000' -2500'). No vis to get good info in the Alpine.
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