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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1490270400March 23, 2017 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Crow Pass AreaToured up Crow Pass to Raven glacier. The trail from the summer parking lot to Crow Pass is a combination of breakable sastrugi, ice, concrete and slide for life traverses the entire way. Very challen …
1489845600March 18, 2017 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - A-1 areaToured up to around 4,000. Surface hoar forming on most aspects and decreasing in size with elevation gain. Didn't notice surface hoar on a shaded north aspect but snow was very loose and faceted.
1488733200March 5, 2017 5:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Goat Mtn - Surprise BowlYesReport of a natural slab avalanche came into the CNFAIC from the Surprise Bowl area. This zone sits below Goat Mountain. Fresh debris from this slab was reported to have been seen in the afternoon of …
1488715200March 5, 2017 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Peterson/KernPeterson and Kern creeks accessed from Peterson. Surface hoar up to 5 mm in size in the shade. Sun crust on only the steepest south pitches. HS > 3 meters @ 2750' in the flat middle of the glacier. …
1488225900February 27, 2017 8:05pmGirdwood/Portage - Girdwood ValleyHeaded up to take a look at conditions in the Raggedtop area of Girdwood Valley.
1486998000February 13, 2017 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Portage Road Obs and Girdwood obsYesWe drove Portage Road between 2pm and 3pm and witnessed a natural avalanche near Williwaw Campground. Photos below. Visibility was pretty good and could see around some of the valley. There were numer …
1486850400February 11, 2017 10:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Raven HeadwallYesSkied down Raven headwall, raven glacier, out crow creek.
1486244460February 4, 2017 9:41pmGirdwood/Portage - ByronClimbed and skied the north face of Byron today. Rain line to 1500 feet. Creamy & dreamy settled pow above. Snow bridges well covered. Thigh deep boot penetration. Low volume sloughing. Very minim …
1485439200January 26, 2017 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Road Observations along Girdwood and Turnagain PassYesWith a high avalanche danger, rain, wind and snow, CNFAIC staff observed the Gun Missions by the AKDOT and AKRR Avalanche Programs along the Seward Highway as well as took stock of any natural avalanc …
1485274560January 24, 2017 4:16pmGirdwood/Portage - Girdwood ValleyNatural avalanche activity in Girdwood as seen from Alyeska Hwy and Crow Creek Rd.
1485090000January 22, 2017 1:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Notch mtCat track to notch, coverage getting better but still some season enders lurking under the fresh snow. Lots of treelanches shedding snow.
1484771785January 18, 2017 8:36pmGirdwood/Portage - Notch MtnSnow cat road to Notch Mtn to about 2600'
1484640900January 17, 2017 8:15Girdwood/Portage - Placer/ Skookum river valleyMap shows PRIVATE PROPERTY adjacent to Railroad tracks and Portage Valley in addition to Skookum Valley closure (Only closed to snowmachines April 1 -30th). Please cross Railroad tracks perpendicul …
1484409600January 14, 2017 4:00pmGirdwood/Portage - RaggedtopNE aspect of Raggedtop to 2000'
1483531200January 4, 2017 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Winner Creek trail - First major avalanche chute crossedObservation from Winner Creek trail - the first major avalanche chute you cross once you start heading along the sidehill section (if you can't use the beaver pond crossing). Winner creek trail to …
1483450260January 3, 2017 1:31pmGirdwood/Portage - Notch Mountain and SunnysideTook the unmaintained snowcat trail through thin snow past the CPG hut to a rock band at 2500' on the ridge to Notch Mountain. Skied the ridge back to the saddle, then up and down the ridge to Sunnysi …
1483264800January 1, 2017 10:00Girdwood/Portage - Max's MountainSkinned up Max's mountain staying near the main shoulder leading to the weather station. First lap to top was solo, second lap on the same skin track with two people a loud settling noise followed by …
1483174800December 31, 2016 9:00Girdwood/Portage - Penguin PeakYesThe West Couloir on Penguin peak had a large debris pile at its base visible from Seward Highway. Couldn't quite make out the start, but assume it was at the top, possibly from a cornice release. May …
1481983200December 17, 2016 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Notch MtSkinned cat track to base of notch mountain. Heavy thin snow slowly gave way to deeper light density snow at the a-1, notch split. Snow depth at the area was 47cm.
1481573460December 12, 2016 8:11pmGirdwood/Portage - Portage LakePortage lake has just begun to freeze over during the past two days. It was mostly free of ice on Dec 10th.
1481461200December 11, 2016 1:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Gentoo-California RidgeHikes up Abes Trail to the 'Spilt"
1477141200October 22, 2016 1:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Jewel GlacierCrow Pass Trail to the base of Jewel Glacier, up glacier to saddle between Summit Peak and Jewell Mountain.
1460901600April 17, 2016 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Byron Glacier TrailYes [embed]https://youtu.be/gsfDSpKnzBA[/embed]
1460646000April 14, 2016 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Byron Glacier TrailYesHiked the Byron Glacier Trail to the rock platform. There was a recent cornice fall (observed earlier in the week 4/12) that still looks fresh on the NW facing ridge and reached the valley floor. Ther …
1460499720April 12, 2016 10:22pmGirdwood/Portage - Shakespeare's Shoulder and Byron GlacierYesPortage Road observation
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