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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
1545059940December 17, 2018 3:19pmTurnagain - Tincan Common BowlYesUp route no obvious signs of instability. Small amounts of new snow. Many old skier tracks.
1545048000December 17, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - SunburstToured standard uptrack of Sunburst looking for any obvious signs of instability, buried melt freeze interfaces, and any other layers of concern in the snowpack. We first dug off the skin track around …
1544987100December 16, 2018 7:05pmTurnagain - Tincan and SunburstAlaska Guide Collective - Rec Level 1 avalanche course on Sunburst to 2,100' and Tincan to 2,200'
1544986800December 16, 2018 7:00pmTurnagain - tincanSkied some alpine but low vis kept us mostly in the trees. New snow was fairly consistent from hippy bowl through trees. Didn't notice any wind effect.
1544897520December 15, 2018 6:12pmTurnagain - Sunburst and Tincan (from Center Ridge)Alaska Guide Collective - Rec Level 1 Avalanche Course. General observations from the day. Groups traveled upwards of 2,200 ft elevation on Tincan and Sunburst.
1544878800December 15, 2018 1:00pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeYesSkied N, W, and E aspects around Seattle Ridge. Had several small windslabs break at our feet throughout the day. These were contained to the new windloading and were 6 - 9 inches deep. Triggered one …
1544878800December 15, 2018 1:00pmTurnagain - PastoralYesSkinned up Taylor Creek valley to Taylor Pass and then across to the base of Pastoral. Kept thinking things were going to go blue, but it stayed flat. Ski cut a low angle slope under Pastoral and let …
1544875200December 15, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge/SunnysideToured up Sunnyside/Seattle Ridge standard uptrack, looking at the snow surface and evaluating any crust/facet interfaces. We first headed northeast on Seattle Ridge towards Main Bowl (1st Bowl), and …
1544745600December 14, 2018 12:00Turnagain - Seattle Ridge UptrackLate start for a few laps near the Seattle Ridge common uptrack. Excellent snow and great riding condition. Managed to find likely the only rock on that east face 🙁
1544731200December 13, 2018 8:00pmTurnagain - LibraryObserved very stable conditions on the west end of the Library. Perfectly right side up snowpack with no basal facets, 170 cm snowpack at ~2500 ft. Heard some whumphing but determined it was the brush …
1544731020December 13, 2018 7:57pmTurnagain - Widow maker , zero bowl, warm up bowlSnow machine side, no red flags
1544702400December 13, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - Gold PanYesSkied Goldpan, Cornbiscuit, Superbowl, and Magnum. No formal stability tests. High volume sloughing in steep terrain - big enough to hear the rumble from 500 yards away - definitely big enough to c …
1544626800December 12, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - Tincan TreesStandard uptrack to top of trees at approx 2300ft. We skied the trees. We didn't conduct any formal stability tests, though we saw small skier triggered releases of new snow, just above tree level. …
1544538600December 11, 2018 2:30pmTurnagain - SunnysideStandard up track. Lost upper dust on crust MF (melt-freeze) @2100'
1544529600December 11, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - NW Ridge MagnumWe toured up the Sunburst up track until crossing Taylor Creek to the South and ascending the NW Ridge of Magnum until 2300'. Intended to evaluate upper elevation band on Magnum, but got deterred by w …
1544360400December 9, 2018 1:00pmTurnagain - Sunnyside uptrackToured Sunnyside uptrack to check out how the snowpack is finally developing into something.
1544360400December 9, 2018 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard uptrack to ridge. Skinned over to Hippy Bowl and looked into Todds Bowl.
1544115600December 6, 2018 5:00pmTurnagain - SunburstNormal uproute on Sunburst. Hiked to 1300'.
1543842265December 3, 2018 1:04pmTurnagain - Sunburst 3100'Standard uptrack. Hiked from the road to about 1400' and then put on skis. Good visibility.
1543761840December 2, 2018 2:44pmTurnagain - 2539' on Sunburst West RidgeAscended normal up-track on Sunburst to first bump at 2539 feet
1543708800December 2, 2018 12:00Turnagain - TincanMission to re-erect the APU Wx station @2200'. Standard Uptrack. Not skinnable/skiable until about gaining 200' in elevation from TH. Curious about whether crust disappears with elevation and if new …
1543507205November 29, 2018 4:00pmTurnagain - TincanNormal uptrack to Common Bowl. Evidence of a storm slab that release mid-late storm on CFR. Visibility was in/out later in the day. Spoke with a group who saw debris from the storm at bottom of Todds …
1543499460November 29, 2018 1:51pmTurnagain - SunburstOlder wet storm debris on north side of Magnum; extensive runnels and rollerballs
1543171380November 25, 2018 6:43pmTurnagain - Center Ridge Hiking TrailYesWe hiked along the center ridge trail.
1542988740November 23, 2018 3:59pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass road obsDrove through Turnagain at 12pm to get a last look around before a weekend storm moves into our region. Thick hoar frost was visible on vegetation to at least ~1500' and likely higher. Other than a  …
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