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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
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 …
1527174000May 24, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 Road ObsSpotted a slab avalanche on Shakespeare Shoulder, see photo below.
1522951200April 5, 2018 6:00pmTurnagain, Girdwood - 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 - 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 - 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 …
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