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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 …
1494860400May 15, 2017 3:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard Tincan uptrack to ridgetop at 3400ft.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
1492606800April 19, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanAscended to top of Common, descended via CFR.
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 …
1492189560April 14, 2017 5:06pmTurnagain - Cornbiscut W to SW aspect TreelineYesMain Skin track up to treeline and then traversed south (remained mostly on western aspect). Observed warming as day went on.
1492182000April 14, 2017 3:00pmTurnagain - SunburstStandard skin track to check out the skier triggered slide that occurred the day before 4.13.17 around 4:30 pm. We dug just above the slide but did not do a crown profile due to hazard from warming s …
1492171200April 14, 2017 12:00pmTurnagain - Corn BiscuitYesStandard Corn Biscuit up-track through trees, then stayed north, following the valley.
1492106400April 13, 2017 6:00pmTurnagain - SunburstYesI was not surprised by this avalanche, and I am sharing because I got a great video and it provides great visual information about the need to ski to safety zones when skiing with partners. I knew …
1492034610April 12, 2017 10:03pmTurnagain - TincanAscended standard skin track to 3300' on Tincan. Recent slab avalanche on the Headwall in Seattle, Northern aspect. Some new wet loose avalanche activity on SE aspect of Seattle Ridge. Updated: Gli …
1491998400April 12, 2017 12:00pmTurnagain - Eddies Glide CrackThere is a great view of the Eddies glide crack on the Turnagain DOT webcam. Here's a few images of it slowly opening over the last four days.
1491836400April 10, 2017 3:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Creek DrainageRode into the Seattle Creek drainage to investigate the weak layer responsible for the widespread natural avalanche activity last week as well as the several snowmachine triggered slides in the area f …
1491757200April 9, 2017 5:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObsDrove through Turnagain Pass between 5 - 6pm. No new activity was seen and chatted with a few groups and no obvious signs of instability were observed. The melt/freeze crust along the road level was s …
1491681617April 8, 2017 8:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Creek, Portage, Placer ValleyYesSeveral human triggered avalanches were reported in Seattle Creek and a possible natural avalanche. Details are still vague, and there have been no reports of burials or injuries. There was also a Nat …
1491674411April 8, 2017 6:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst and Road obsYesAscended/descended Sunburst to 3100' on W shoulder. As we were ascending we spoke to a group who experienced a very large/loud collapse at 2300' on a SW aspect next to their pit where they had found a …
1491667200April 8, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - SW face of JuniorsYesLeft sled lot @ ~11:30, normal uptrack, Drove to Minus 1/Warm-up bowl, noticed a medium sized avalanche on the SW facing slope that was not there the previous afternoon (possible trigger, cornice coll …
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