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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1487532300February 19, 2017 7:25pmTurnagain - tincan treesLaps in the trees, didn't go above 2,200 due to low vis.
1487512800February 19, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - SunburstAscended lower Sunburst skin track near Taylor Creek. Poor visibility with obscuring cloud cover; didn't see the ridge. Steepest skin track up <35 degrees.
1487512800February 19, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge Up-Track, Repeat OffenderThe goal for the day was to get up Seattle Ridge and poke into the zones where two recent human triggered avalanches occurred yesterday, Feb 18.
1487426400February 18, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Eddies to 2500'Toured to 2500' on Eddies
1487422800February 18, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Creek RampYes
1487336400February 17, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst uptrackAlaska Pacific University Snow Science field day touring up on Sunburst uptrack up to 2200' with a quick poke into lower Magnum uptrack across Taylor Creek.
1487263020February 16, 2017 4:37pmTurnagain - SunburstTour up the Sunburst standard up-track to look at the new snow and how well it is bonding with the old snow surface. We found bonding to be poor with buried surface hoar under the new snow.
1487174400February 15, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - Tincan to weather stationStandard skin track to 2300', just above weather station. Experienced collapsing with several very load humphs below 2000'. We also experience shooting cracks on small unsupported test slope. Clear sk …
1487091000February 14, 2017 4:50pmTurnagain - Seward highway between Girdwood and Turnagain PassObserved natural avalanches and avalanches from DOT/ARR mitigation while heading up to the pass.
1487080800February 14, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObservationsDid a lap of the road out to Johnson pass between 2 & 3 pm limited visibility but we were able to see many avalanches on Seattle ridge that had occurred within the past 24 hours.
1486994400February 13, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObsDrove through Turngain Pass between 1pm to 2pm and visibility was limited, but a small sucker hole allowed for a good view of Eddies and Wolverine. No obvious natural activity was observed during that …
1486911600February 12, 2017 3:00pmTurnagain - Tincan weather stationNoticed some large cracking on the NW facing slope in the bowl by the weather station. Approximately 15' across, stable at the time but likely extremely unstable with the warming, wet snow/rain combo.
1486908000February 12, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeOut with the Alaska Avalanche School Motorized Level 1 for a field day. Attempted to go up the Seattle Ridge up-track but got shut down by awful visibility. The class split to get some info and practi …
1486849260February 11, 2017 9:41pmTurnagain - TincanCommon Tincan up track. Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol deployed two groups. Both groups toured above tree like. Group 1 dug a pit on a SW aspect. Group 2 dug a pit on NW aspect. Both pits showed similar …
1486833000February 11, 2017 5:10pmTurnagain - Sunburst by Taylor passLots of small natural activity from the recent snow. We skied lower angle terrain enjoyably, then moved slightly steeper and the sluffs got uncomfortably large.
1486821600February 11, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Magnum - SW Road BowlMagnum - up main SW bowl and back down the same route, mid-day (12-3 PM)
1486818000February 11, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst S-SW AspectYesPrevious tracks still visible and one or two small slides of the surface snow from the previous day or two, only on steepest slopes.
1486735200February 10, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst to 2400'Quick afternoon tour to 2400' to check how the new snow is bonding to old snow surfaces.
1486669647February 9, 2017 7:47pmTurnagain - Silvertip areaTour up into the Silvertip drainage to take a look at the snowpack is this area that is South of Turnagain Pass and known to have a thinner snowpack.
1486410720February 6, 2017 7:52pmTurnagain - Tincan CommonFinal day of a gorgeous weekend teaching for the Alaska Avalanche School. Three groups out today: One on Sunburst that skied the West face, one on Tincan backdoor and one on Tincan Common Bowl. My gro …
1486321320February 5, 2017 7:02pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass road obsDrove through the pass late 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Not very busy day compared to yesterday. Lots of tracks on all aspects of the skier side of the road.
1486314540February 5, 2017 5:09pmTurnagain - Alaska Avalanche School 3 groups: Tincan trees, center ridge, sunburstDay two of AAS level one snowpack observations day. I'll describe the results that each group got in the snowpack section. Found that the rain crust disappeared at 1500 ft. and the surface hoar is gro …
1486303200February 5, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst pastoralSunburst ridge to pastoral.
1486299600February 5, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - North face of Bench Peak, approximately 2,750 feet elevationJohnson Pass trailhead -> Center Creek -> Divide Creek -> Bench Peak summit, and back.
1486299600February 5, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - Eddie'sEddie's from the standard skintrack. As we gain elevation it was warmer. Continued on the ridge for a little. Top of ridge was around 30ยบ F. Really good snow in some S/SW aspects on sun light. In t …
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