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Individuals may have widely differing perceptions, for a given location, date, and time, of the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, of avalanche hazards, and of skiing or snowboarding conditions. The hazards and conditions reported in an observation can change rapidly. In addition, individuals can differ greatly in both their perception of objective hazards and their acceptance of the risk to personal safety of these hazards.

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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1493478000April 29, 2017 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Byron Glacier TrailWalked up the Byron Glacier Trail to assess the avalanche hazard as we head into May. The trail is still snow covered but folks have been walking most of the way up the trail before splitting off wher …
1493393400April 28, 2017 3:30pmTurnagain, Girdwood/Portage - Turnagain Pass Road obsNew slab avalanche on North side of Orca Ridge/Big League in the Girdwood Valley New glide release on SW face of Tincan New wet loose on Magnum W face Skier triggered wet loose on SW shoulder of Su …
1492272000April 15, 2017 4:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Eklutna, Whiteout, Eagle glacier areaToured above girdwood. Several large avalanches on NW, NE and W aspects. E aspects had some activity but seemed limited to the melt/freeze cycle at this time. W aspects seemed to have the most recent …
1492192800April 14, 2017 6:00pmGirdwood/Portage - RaggedtopYesNatural wet slab avalanche on SE aspect of Ragged Top, occurred around 5:30pm
1491593400April 7, 2017 7:30pmGirdwood/Portage - CPG powder cabinRoller balls on solar aspects, crown line above steep cliff on nor side of bowl, South aspect. Estimated 2-4 ft crown.
1491593400April 7, 2017 7:30pmGirdwood/Portage - A-1 mtnVideo of second ect from previous obs
1491578940April 7, 2017 3:29pmGirdwood/Portage - Road obs between Whittier and Ingram Creek.YesAfternoon road trip to view the avalanche carnage in the wake of this potent spring storm. Girdwood - Ingram corner - Portage - Whittier.
1491568200April 7, 2017 12:30pmGirdwood/Portage - Portage ValleyYesRoad observation in Portage to check out the D4 avalanche near the Tunnel to Whittier and the widespread avalanche activity.
1490623200March 27, 2017 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - OrcaYesOrca North Chute - skier triggered sluff that triggered a small slab. No one was caught or injured.
1490443200March 25, 2017 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Explorer GlacierPit: 2500 ft NE aspect HS greater than 3.5m ECTN22 45 cm down on buried surface hoar. CT12 Q3 at same interface as described above. High volume sloughing. Faceting in top 30 cm of snow. Surfac …
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 …
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