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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1555333200April 15, 2019 1:00pmGirdwood - Raggedtop West Face, viewed from MagpieViewed a crown across nearly the entire west face of Raggedtop while touring on Magpie. Experienced two small collapses while skinning a lower ridge on Magpie. Hand pit revealed buried facets about 45 …
1553955480March 30, 2019 2:18pmGirdwood - Penguin Ridge - New glide avalanche and how to tell if it's newYesIt only takes a matter of hours for the bed surface of a new glide avalanche to melt down to the dirt if it's facing the sun. There is typically a small amount of snow left on the bed surface from the …
1553684400March 27, 2019 11:00Girdwood - Crow Creek rdRecent avalanche looks like from 3/26 afternoon crossing Crow Creek rd approximately 1000ft from where the plowed rd stops.
1553270400March 22, 2019 4:00pmGirdwood - Orca MtnYesNatural avalanche on Orca, west facing. Released overnight on 3/21. Large wet slab that took the entire starting zone and ran full path.
1553101200March 20, 2019 5:00pmTurnagain, Girdwood - Turnagain Pass- Road obsYesDrove through Turnagain Pass between 4pm and 5pm. Numerous new wet avalanches on Seattle Ridge (SE aspect) and including one new glide avalanche between the motorized lot and the uptrack. I count 10 n …
1551193200February 26, 2019 3:00pmGirdwood - Upper Girdwood Valley (Crow Ck drainage)YesToured up to a high point of 4,600'. Many wet loose avalanche in the past couple days on steep south faces.
1551108600February 25, 2019 3:30pmGirdwood - Max's MountainFollowed skintrack put in by previous group. Skintrack was icy in parts above treeline possibly due to sun effect
1551024000February 24, 2019 4:00pmGirdwood - Max's MountainMax's standard woodsy wander and west ridge uptrack. Checking out wind effect, solar effect and the Valentine's facet layer reactivity.
1550075160February 13, 2019 4:26pmGirdwood - Max's MtnYesNoticed what appears to be a fresh small wind slab on Max's Mountain occurring Feb 13th, running into one of the gullies. Debris looks to be covering one, and possibly two tracks. Trigger unknown at t …
1549875600February 11, 2019 9:00Girdwood - Glide avalanche on Goat MountainGlide avalanche on SW aspect of Goat Mountain released sometime between the evening of Feb.10 and morning of Feb.11
1549724400February 9, 2019 3:00pmGirdwood - RaggedtopFound the Martin Luther King day (MLK) buried surface hoar (BSH) in three areas in an East bowl of Raggedtop between 2400' and 2900'. Tests were mostly unreactive and didn't propagate. Talked with a g …
1548946800January 31, 2019 3:00pmGirdwood - Max's MountainStandard route up Max's West Ridge to 2450'.
1548860400January 30, 2019 3:00pmGirdwood - Goat Mt and Twenty MileRoad observation
1547732700January 17, 2019 1:45pmGirdwood - Crow CreekYesEnd of crow Creek Rd to ~2000’ dig pit. Ski 2 laps
1546783200January 6, 2019 2:00pmGirdwood - Peterson CreekUp Peterson creek, skied southerly aspects and back out.
1546520400January 3, 2019 1:00pmGirdwood - Penguin Peak and Orca2-3 glide avalanches on S facing slopes of Penguin Peak and one crack still intact. Starting zone was around 2000'. N aspect of Orca had recent debris
1545220800December 19, 2018 12:00pmGirdwood - Ragged TopWent into East Ragged Bowl. Set out looking for any crusts, new old interfaces, or layers of interest in the Girdwood area. Dug at 1200', 1700' and 2260'. Did not evaluate upper elevations, cannot …
1544972400December 16, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood - Notch MtnYesNotch Mtn to Treeline (~2400'), then down a north aspect.
1544198400December 7, 2018 4:00pmGirdwood - 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 - 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 - Crow CreekDrove up Crow Creek at noon following the earthquake. Numerous large avalanches on Magpie Peak and Goat Couloir.
1543568400November 30, 2018 9:00Girdwood - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 …
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