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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1523707200April 14, 2018 12:00pmSummit - Tenderfoot RidgeAfter some planned and unplanned delays, we toured up the standard skin track starting at 0915. The original plan had been to use the creek south of the ridge for quicker access to the back bowl under …
1523620800April 13, 2018 12:00pmSummit - Above Lower Summit LakeToured to just above the power lines. The snow pack was getting close to isothermal, so it was not easy to get around. The weather was great, but made for lousy skiing. If you are heading to this neck …
1523548020April 12, 2018 3:47pmSummit - Summit Lake (Road Obs)Point Releases and shallow slab avalanches. (See Pictures of most recent activity.)
1523381400April 10, 2018 5:30pmSummit - Summit Road ObsDrove through Summit Area looking for wet loose and wet slab activity. Large dirty wet loose avalanche on Moose Mountain. Wet loose activity also noted on Silvertip, Fresno, and Lonestar. No wet slab …
1523127600April 7, 2018 7:00pmSummit - Summit MountainAscended up the SE face of Summit mountain to gain the NE ridge up to 3800'. Skied 3 laps on N and NW aspects in the first back bowl. Skied out via NE ridge to the SE face. Lots of wet loose avalanche …
1523098800April 7, 2018 11:00Summit - Summit RidgeYesToured up through the trees and alders along the summertime FS trail. As we cleared alder line at 11:00a, we saw a small/moderate sized wet loose avalanche come off the rocks above us. We had expected …
1522947600April 5, 2018 5:00pmSummit - Colorado RidgeToured to 2562' on Colorado Ridge's north east shoulder. Spotted two natural slab avalanches in the area, see associated road observation for details.
1522940400April 5, 2018 3:00pmSummit - Summit Road ObsRoad obs through the Summit area. Overall not much avalanche activity observed, only a couple of natural storm slabs on Moose and Tenderfoot.
1522933200April 5, 2018 1:00pmSummit - ManitobaSkied several laps in the main bowl of Manitoba today. There was about 4-6" of new snow, not wind affected besides on exposed ridges, and generally dry on most non-southerly slopes until later in the …
1522436400March 30, 2018 7:00pmSummit - Canyon Creek Pillar and TenderfootPostholed down to Canyon Creek Pillar in afternoon to climb ice near Hope Y. Toured Tenderfoot in the evening. Noticed a large avalanche on NE aspect of Frenchy that I had not seen Wednesday with a cr …
1522245600March 28, 2018 2:00pmSummit - ButchToured up to 2650' on Butch's Northwest shoulder. A stout to lightly breakable melt freeze crust is present on N and W slopes up to ~2400'. Softer near surface facets covered most surfaces at all elev …
1521873900March 24, 2018 6:45Summit - Road Observation 3/23Clear Calm. No new avalanches observed.
1521730800March 22, 2018 3:00pmSummit - Fresno RidgeToured up East aspect of Fresno to 2300'. We found variable surface conditions including breakable melt freeze crusts, sastrugi, thin wind slabs, and softer wind textured snow.
1521473400March 19, 2018 3:30pmSummit - Road Ob - Summit3 dry loose and 2 slab avalanches between Hope Y and South end of Summit Area. Wind pluming and transport on most ridgelines. The trees have a fresh dusting of snow at 1400'.
1521126000March 15, 2018 3:00pmSummit - TenderfootToured to 2200' on Tenderfoot to look at how much the snow from the last storm has settled, melt freeze crust formation on solar aspects, and how reactive persistent weak layers are in the snowpack.
1521124860March 15, 2018 2:41pmSummit - Road ObservationYesToday it started out clear but very quickly clouded over. Recent avalanches were seen on South aspects (D-1)point release from steep rocky areas. On West aspects avalanche activity in the form of smal …
1521115200March 15, 2018 12:00pmSummit - Road ObsTook photos of avalanche activity reported and observed along the corridor from Silvertip to Tenderfoot, including the large human triggered avalanche on Silvertip, a large slab avalanche on a gully s …
1520928600March 13, 2018 8:10Summit - Mountains around Seward AlaskaNatural loose dry avalanches yesterday after another round of snowfall in the morning (3" additional snow in the am). Natural wet loose avalanches out of steep rock terrain during warmer afternoon sun …
1520877600March 12, 2018 6:00pmSummit - Above lower summit lakeYesSeward Highway
1520859600March 12, 2018 1:00pmSummit - Raven's Ridge (North of Butch)YesFrom the lower summit lake pull-out, we toured up behind the cabins and through the alders/hemlocks to treeline on the northern most ridge (Raven's Ridge) of "Butch". A friend had toured up lower Tend …
1520780400March 11, 2018 3:00pmSummit - TenderfootToured up to 2300' on Northerly aspects away from the standard lines of ascent and descent. Three natural large avalanches on South aspect of Fresno above treeline and numerous large avalanches seen f …
1520769600March 11, 2018 12:00pmSummit - Summit Road ObservationYesRoad obs from Johnson Pass pullout to Gilpatricks in Summit Area. This zone appears far more wind impacted than Turnagain with stripping down to rock, especially on NE aspects. Several small and large …
1520609760March 9, 2018 3:36pmSummit - General ObservationSnow past twenty four hours over the region with snow totals ranging from 12-16". Winds ranged from Southerly early in the storm and turned to NNE winds.
1520608620March 9, 2018 3:17pmSummit - Birch trees across from tender footToured through trees to 1770, slopes seemed to be protected from wind.
1520431200March 7, 2018 2:00pmSummit - TenderfootAscended to 2750' on Tenderfoot to dig near the 2/27 avalanche. Found hard wind slabs in many areas exposed to the wind above 1900' sitting on a variety of persistent weak layers.
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