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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1559037600May 28, 2019 10:00Turnagain, Summit - Butch Mt, Moose Mt and Super BowlYesVery large natural avalanche seen on West aspect of Butch. It looked to have released on the ground and ran to the lake below
1556928000May 4, 2019 12:00Summit - Tenderfoot2nd day in a row we climbed the Tenderfoot Ridge trying to get to Hale Bop. Turned around due to time, then due to incoming storm. Good corn snow both days below 4k'. Temps at Summit Lake area have be …
1555619880April 18, 2019 8:38pmSummit - General Observation (Road Observation)Light snow with breaks of sunshine today. Temperatures today lows 30F high 38F. Cornice breaks unknown time period at the north end of Summit Pass (Moose Mt. North and Roaring Ridge Area.)
1555005486April 11, 2019 5:58pmTurnagain, Summit - Road Obs Turnagain to Summit LakeDrove through Turnagain and Summit Lake and back through Turnagain between 2:30pm to 4pm. Rain transition to giant chicken feather flakes just below the Turnagain Pass ~800', snowing hard both directi …
1554476400April 5, 2019 3:00pmSummit - Colorado approx. 500' below Wx station4-5" supportable crust on a ESE aspect from just above road to 2600' where we gained SW trending ridge. Punchy in spots (near rocks & bushes)
1554220800April 2, 2019 4:00pmSummit - TenderfootStandard Tenderfoot uptrack, and then along the ridge to a highpoint of 4100'. Looking for existing weak layers and observing the surface conditions.
1553794200March 28, 2019 5:30pmSummit - Summit Road ObsYesDrove through Summit between 5pm and 5:30pm to look for any new avalanche activity. Observed a recent slab avalanches on a W aspect of Butch. The timing of when it released is unknown, but suspect wit …
1553346000March 23, 2019 1:00pmSummit - Moose MountainYesMoose Mountain wet slab avalanche seen from Seward Highway near MP 52. Released between 11am and 1pm on Saturday, March 23rd.
1553259600March 22, 2019 1:00pmSummit - FresnoYesAPU Snow Science 1 toured on Fresno to check out the spring snowpack. We made it to 2500' without getting soaked.
1553176800March 21, 2019 2:00pmSummit - TenderfootYesToured up Tenderfoot to 2450' to a North aspect, but still in low angle terrain. A recent large avalanche was visible from the road on the North facing terrain of Tenderfoot. We did not make it to the …
1553169600March 21, 2019 12:00pmSummit - Summit Road ObsYesDrove to Summit around 12pm to tour up Tenderfoot. Observed a number of new avalanches that were not here on Tuesday (3/19.)
1553000400March 19, 2019 1:00pmSummit - Summit Lake - Road ObsDrove through Summit between 12pm and 1pm. Not as much recent avalanches as Turnagain Pass.
1553000400March 19, 2019 1:00pmSummit - Templeton (aka Crater)Road Observation
1552993200March 19, 2019 11:00Summit - ManitobaStandard Manitoba uptrack
1552564800March 14, 2019 12:00pmSummit - Summit Lake Road ObservationYesDrove through Summit around 12:30pm. Numerous D2-3 avalanches on many prominent West facing steep Couloirs and faces.
1552485600March 13, 2019 2:00pmSummit - TenderfootStorm day up the standard Tenderfoot up-track to a high point of 2600'. Looking at surface conditions and previous wide spread instabilities.
1552222800March 10, 2019 1:00pmSummit - ManitobaTour up to Manitoba. Supersaturated snow below treeline. Wet and heavy. Wind from the East showed a lot of W aspect pockets of powder and pillows wind loaded. Sastrugi up in higher elevations. A lo …
1551880800March 6, 2019 2:00pmSummit - TenderfootStandard Tenderfoot up track to a high point of 2700'. Observing the surface conditions throughout the different elevation bands and aspects.
1551463200March 1, 2019 6:00pmSummit - TenderfootAPU Snow Science 1 toured up the standard Tenderfoot uptrack to 2500'. Temps were much cooler than expected staying around freezing on NW aspects.
1551099600February 25, 2019 1:00pmSummit - Manitoba MtnFrom Manitoba Cabin took standard uptrack via road and ski trail to approx. 2700ft on WSW aspect of Manitoba Mtn (pic).
1550934000February 23, 2019 3:00pmSummit - Fresno PeakYesWent to Frenso to investigate the natural avalanche cycle that occurred early afternoon on 2/21 during a big outflow wind event. See Fresno observation from 2/21. Brief recap: On 2/21/19 between 11:15 …
1550761200February 21, 2019 3:00pmSummit - Summit Lake Road ObsYesDrove through Summit Lake between 2-3pm. Numerous large natural avalanches were triggered by winds on East and Southeast aspects of Fresno Ridge, Colorado Peak, and Summit Peak. Winds were strong and …
1550755560February 21, 2019 1:26pmSummit - Fresno Peak and Colorado PeakYesRoad observation. Natural avalanche activity on Colorado and Fresno Peak. Active windloading.
1550754043February 21, 2019 1:00pmSummit - FresnoYesWe ascended an East facing sub-ridge of Frenso and turned around due to increasing strong winds and shooting cracks. While we were taking off our skins before descent an avalanche released on a promin …
1550754000February 21, 2019 1:00pmSummit - Road Observation (Pictures from 2_21) Summit LakeAvalanches on 2_21_2019. Avalanche activity on Summit Peak, Colorado Peak, and Fresno Peak East aspect. Additional avalanche activity observed on John Mountain MP 41 SW Aspect.
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