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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
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.
1518015600February 7, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Portage and Placer Road ObsD1-D1.5 loose dry avalanches that looked fresh from recent snow on a variety of aspects at mid to upper elevations in steep areas on a variety of aspects. A few crowns were spotted in 20 mile, a D1 sl …
1517662800February 3, 2018 1:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Upper Crow CreekGeneral observations from upper crow creek area on Feb.3 and Feb.4
1517421300January 31, 2018 5:55pmGirdwood/Portage - RaggedtopStandard uptrack to 4,300'
1517088480January 27, 2018 9:28pmGirdwood/Portage - Max’sYesToured up Max’s via normal skin route. Assesed snow conditions on the way up and decided normal skin route was safe to ascend. Tested snowpack and as a group decided to ski a conservative line. Four …
1517086740January 27, 2018 8:59pmGirdwood/Portage - Max's MtnYesAvalanche seen and photographed from Girdwood by CNFAIC Staff. No details known at this point.
1516949640January 26, 2018 6:54Girdwood/Portage - Girdwood- FS stationToured out to picnic table "intermittent board", ~70 ft elevation.
1516363200January 19, 2018 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Goat Mountain RidgeHiked/skied up Goat Mountain Ridge to Pt. 6060 on 1/19/18 1500'-2000' has negligible snow coverage 2000-2500' has a series of thin, unsupportive hard crusts over facets that would be very danger …
1516111200January 16, 2018 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Road ObsRoad obs to Portage Lake. Fresh debris in most slide paths.
1515506400January 9, 2018 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - RaggedtopStandard uptrack to Raggedtop East Bowl to check out snow depths, snowpack structure and to see what avalanche paths have run this season.
1514901600January 2, 2018 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Seward Highway Road ObsSeward Highway road obs.
1514894400January 2, 2018 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Portage Road ObsDrove out to the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center to inventory recent natural avalanche activity in the area.
1513175400December 13, 2017 2:30pmTurnagain, Girdwood/Portage - Road Obs - Portage, Seward Highway, GirdwoodDrove halfway down Portage Glacier Road and down the Seward highway back to Girdwood around 2:30 pm. Snow line now starts halfway up the mountains in this region. No new snow was observed under treeli …
1509796800November 4, 2017 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Milk GlacierToured to 5,000 ft ASL on the Milk via the Crow Pass trail to Barnes Mountain. Obviously along the Crow Pass trail avalanches have run to the ground and the valley floor from the recent avalanche cycl …
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.
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