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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1544972400December 16, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Notch MtnYesNotch Mtn to Treeline (~2400'), then down a north aspect.
1544198400December 7, 2018 4:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Upper Girdwood Valley Crow Creek drainageYesSeveral avalanches in the upper Girdwood Valley and Crow Creek area. Start zones roughly 4,000' and running to around 800'. Snow line around 2,000'. Debris piles large.
1544178480December 7, 2018 10:28Girdwood/Portage - North side of Penguin RidgeYesAvalanche off the North side of Penguin Ridge. Crown not visible. Ran to approx 1100 feet in California creek. Substantial debris pile visible below treeline.
1543581000November 30, 2018 12:30pmGirdwood/Portage - Crow CreekDrove up Crow Creek at noon following the earthquake. Numerous large avalanches on Magpie Peak and Goat Couloir.
1543568400November 30, 2018 9:00Girdwood/Portage - Big League - earthquake triggered avalancheVery large slab taking almost the entire west face of Big League with it. Triggered by the Nov 30th 7.0M earthquake. At time a photo there was a dusting of snow somewhat obscuring the path and crown.
1540900800October 30, 2018 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Crow PassYesToured from the Crow Creek trail head parking lot until the trail junction before turning around due to red flags and the party ahead remotely triggering a small avalanche early in the approach.
1540893600October 30, 2018 10:00Girdwood/Portage - Crow creek trail near mining debris.YesCrow creek trail lower route. Slab about 8 to 16in. Soft slab getting harder with elevation gain.
1540562400October 26, 2018 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Jewel GlacierSnow line at 3500'. Semi supportable 2cm rain crust from 3500' to 4250'. High density pow above 4250+ with minimal wind effect. Generally good skiing conditions above 4300', but 4000' cloud level and …
1527174000May 24, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Crow Pass Trail and road observation to Portage ValleyCrow Pass trail to 2600'. We took the standard trail and then traveled a talus slope to avoid deeper snow and avalanche hazard from above. We wanted to get an overview of snow cover and recent avalanc …
1524672000April 25, 2018 4:00pmTurnagain, Girdwood/Portage - Turnagain and Portage Road ObsVisibility was limited into the Alpine and worsened as we drove South. In Turnagain Pass we could see a few new small wet loose avalanches in some of the steep channeled gully's on Seattle Ridge. Talk …
1524322800April 21, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Byron Glacier TrailYesAccount of hikers threatened by avalanche on their way to see the ice caves. Thank you to Shiloh Powell for sharing her story and photos. We are very glad all in the area were ok and out of the path. …
1523646000April 13, 2018 7:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Road Observation Portage and Turnagain ArmWe drove through Portage yesterday evening to see if there was any recent wet activity from that day. We're pretty sure all the activity in these photos was from 4/10 - 4/11 during a rain event in our …
1523131200April 7, 2018 8:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Portage Road ObsSpotted a slab avalanche on Shakespeare Shoulder, see photo below.
1522951200April 5, 2018 6:00pmTurnagain, Girdwood/Portage - Road Obs - Portage to TurnagainRoad obs from the drive down to Summit and on the way back from Summit in the evening.
1522337400March 29, 2018 3:30pmGirdwood/Portage - Gulch CreekToured to 3100' up Gulch Creek. Low visibility all day, and snowing lightly. Got a large collapse and easy propagation in pits at 3100' on 3mm cupped & chained facets. Highly spatially variable sl …
1522080120March 26, 2018 4:02pmGirdwood/Portage - Goat CouloirPossible fresh avalanche debris from the weekend (Mar 24/25 time frame) coming out of the looker's right side of Goat Couloir onto the glacier. The debris in the center of couloir that flows over the …
1521817200March 23, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Ragged TopYesWe accessed the Ragged Top subridge via California Creek.
1521720000March 22, 2018 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - RaggedbowlYesToured up to Raggedbowl to get a look at a recent large avalanche and to see how the snowpack is doing. The snowpack is thin and weak, and numerous persistent weak layers exist that are reactive in st …
1521468000March 19, 2018 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Girdwood / Portage Road ObsDrove down to Portage Lake. Active wind transport seen in every direction.
1521219600March 16, 2018 5:00pmTurnagain, Girdwood/Portage - Road Obs Seward Highway to Turnagian PassDrove from Girdwood to Turnagain Pass between 5pm and 6:30pm to look for recent natural avalanche activity from the last two days.
1519589340February 25, 2018 8:09pmGirdwood/Portage - Burns GlacierYesAcross Portage Lake, up Burns glacier, across Whittier glacier to peak 3,609 (maybe has a common name).
1519488000February 24, 2018 4:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Baird PeakYestoured from portage lake up Baird peak.
1519138800February 20, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Ragged BowlAscended to 2700' and found an upside down, thin, and weak snowpack. Test results showed propagation potential on buried surface hoar (BSH), facet/crust layers, and depth hoar on the ground.
1519135200February 20, 2018 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Cat TrackTravelled to 1200' out the cat track. Snow depth increases rapidly above 1000', but is still thin, weak, and faceted overall.
1518530400February 13, 2018 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Maynard Mountain (near Whittier Tunnel)YesWhat looks to be a wide propagating wind slab from Feb 12th, near the tail end of a storm dropping 1-2' of moist snow with strong wind, in the Portage Valley area.
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