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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1550862240February 22, 2019 7:04pmTurnagain - Magnum and CornbiscuitGlide crack observation mission. Toured up SW rib of Cornbiscuit to view the glide crack, traversed high, and toured up SW rib of Magnum to view another glide crack. Clear sky and cold temperatures, w …
1550847600February 22, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeRode the common up-track over Seattle Ridge into Seattle Creek drainage. Looked into all bowls off the backside for any recent avalanche activity. None found. There was a high degree of wind effect an …
1550763030February 21, 2019 3:30pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObsYesDrove through Turnagain in the AM(10am) and afternoon (3pm.) Blowing snow was seen along many ridge tops, but not nearly as much as in Summit Lake. Seattle Ridge was the most prominent and several ne …
1550674800February 20, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - CornbiscuitToured standard Cornbiscuit up track to a high point of 2800'. Looking at the distribution and reactivity of the 1/21 Buried Surface Hoar (MLK Jr BSH), as well as any signs of instability related to t …
1550617020February 19, 2019 10:57pmTurnagain - Sunburst - West and South AspectsStandard Up-track to the N ridge. Skied on Southern aspects and Western Aspects. Very Windy in the morning with plenty of transport on the slopes and flagging on the ridges. South aspects seemed to be …
1550595600February 19, 2019 5:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Road ObsDrove through Turnagain both in the AM (1100) and the PM (1700) - noted obvious wind loading and flagging on most ridgelines, decreasing throughout the day. Natural wind slab avalanches D1-D2 seen bo …
1550590200February 19, 2019 3:30pmTurnagain - SunnysideYesPurpose of this obs is to report an avalanche that occurred today on Sunnyside, viewed from Tincan.
1550584800February 19, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincantour to 2200' Plenty of low density snow available for transport. Flagging was seen along ridges throughout the day, mostly in the morning. Wind seemed to be coming from WNW along ridges, but was fun …
1550581200February 19, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - Tincan CommonYesStandard Uptrack towards Tincan Common plateau at 3,100 ft. Intentions to see level of wind gusts, recent storm snow and observe recent slide on Common’s face. No whumphing, no shooting cracks, ro …
1550494800February 18, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - SunburstYesStandard uptrack to 2900'. Looking at how well the new snow is bonding to the old snow, observing wind effect, slab depth and character.
1550494800February 18, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - Eddies - west face and north bowl and treesIn standard trail and skin track to the top of the west face and also ridge to the base of the head wall.
1550494800February 18, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - Tincan TreesYesAAS Level 1 class toured up through the Tincan trees, north of the standard skin track.
1550494800February 18, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - Manitoba Trees (Little Manitoba)Quick run up little Manitoba to see how the snowpack changed from yesterday. There was only a little drifting in of the skin track from 2/17. New track was approximately 15 cm deep and on steeper clim …
1550433600February 17, 2019 8:00pmTurnagain - Tincan, SunburstYesAAS Rec 1 students were on Tincan, Tincan Backdoor, and Sunburst doing field observations.
1550412000February 17, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan TreesNormal route up Tincan to top of trees. Poor visibility and wind made travel above TL difficult.
1550408400February 17, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - Backdoor TincanFollowed the Old Iditarod Trail though the trees, meet up with the common Tincan uptrack. Continued to just above the weather station. Great storm skiing on the way up and down!
1550325600February 16, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Sunny side @1400 Seattle ridge.Motorized lot to 1400' on Sunny side, Seattle Ridge. Surface conditions improving w new snow, though poor light kept us below TL.
1550264700February 15, 2019 9:05pmTurnagain - God's CountryMotorized lot to Seattle Ridge. Dug pit on East face of Seattle ridge. Continued up to Weather Station then dropped into 2nd Bowl, climbed over to Main bowl to check out Widow Maker avalanche (from 2 …
1550239200February 15, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Center RidgeAPU Snow Science 1 scouting mission for field research location & getting the feel for the status of MLK BSH.
1550237400February 15, 2019 1:30pmTurnagain - TincanAPU Weather station maintence mission. Clear sky and cold valley temps. Calm air picking up into light wind from NE @ 12:30ish. Faceting snow surface. Wind affected snow in exposed areas. No red f …
1550228400February 15, 2019 11:00Turnagain - Magnum - Up Shoulder into SuperbowlSkinned/Booted up the boney, scoured NW shoulder, skied second entrance to Superbowl SW aspect. Large, new glide on SW aspect close to the shoulder. You can probably see it from the road- we didn't.
1550177040February 14, 2019 8:44pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge - weather stationTrip up to the Seattle Ridge weather station to install the new anemometer. Wind data is now up and running!!
1550172120February 14, 2019 7:22pmTurnagain - Lynx Cr.YesTriggered a small windslab avalanche on an isolated terrain feature. Also observed several large slide paths that had naturally released windslab avalanches.
1550076840February 13, 2019 4:54pmTurnagain - Road Observations - Turnagain PassOne natural wind slab avalanche on the far southern end of Seattle Ridge (across from the Bertha Ck pullout). One new glide crack seen on Seattle Ridge, to the looker's left of the motorized up-track …
1549983600February 12, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - Twin Peaks (Twin Tips)Standard skin track up the east facing shoulder to a high point of 2700'. Looking for the distribution and reactivity of the 1/21 Buried Surface Hoar (MLK Jr BSH) layer within the snowpack. Also looki …
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