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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1559055600May 28, 2019 3:00pmOther Regions - Ptarmigan Lake TrailYesHiked Ptarmigan Lake trail to the end of the lake. Observed several natural avalanches in channel terrain on North facing slopes on the other side of the the Lake. Upon our return one of the gully's w …
1557771600May 13, 2019 6:20pmOther Regions - Avalanche Mile 6 Russian River TrailYesObservation sent into Seward District trails program - Big thanks to the individual who sent the photos and info.
1553619600March 26, 2019 5:00pmOther Regions - ski jump hill adjacent to Hilltop Ski Area, Anchorage,YesAvalanche debris observed on the ski jump hill just south of Hilltop Ski area, Anchorage.
1552399200March 12, 2019 2:00pmOther Regions - Northwest slope off of Madson Mountain just above Crescent LakeYesBelow is a preliminary report of the avalanche fatality that occurred on Saturday March 9th, 2019 above Crescent Lake just east of the Crescent Saddle Cabin. CNFAIC staff visited the site on Tuesday M …
1552140000March 9, 2019 2:00pmOther Regions - whittier (not exactly sure on where. not up main trail. further down the road and up through the trees)YesRoughly 2.5 feet of new snow, mix rain / snow around 1000 feet give or take
1549720800February 9, 2019 2:00pmOther Regions - WhittierHorsetail Falls trail to Whittier Glacier.
1545660000December 24, 2018 2:00pmOther Regions - Moose Pass- Ptarmigan Ridge/Solar MtSkin up mine rd then up bowl from 2500-2800’. Pit dug at 2600’ on 31degree Northern aspect. Old avalanche debris found starting at 2800’ with supportable wind slab. Turned around at this point.
1544529840December 11, 2018 12:04pmOther Regions - Lower Russian Lake Near Barber CabinNatural Avalanche crossed Lower Russian Lake Trail. Debris came down crossing the trail and hit the Lake. Debris is 20' deep where it crossed the trail approximately 1/4 mile before Barber Cabin. This …
1544364000December 9, 2018 2:00pmOther Regions - EurekaYesTook the snowmachines out of Eureka.
1544191200December 7, 2018 2:00pmOther Regions - SewardYesLarge avalanches with run outs into treeline on all aspects surrounding Seward. Avalanches on face of Marathon crown around 2800’ with runouts to approximately 1500’. Didnot go into the mountains …
1544018400December 5, 2018 2:00pmOther Regions - Solar MountainHiked/skinned mostly dry mining road to 2200’ then skinned to 3200’. NW aspect,
1526220759May 13, 2018 2:12pmOther Regions - Cantwell ZoneYesSnowmachine triggered large avalanche in the Cantwell area weekend of May 12-13th. Rider was caught and carried, escaped uninjured. This was a North facing upper elevation slope. Coordinates not know …
1521993600March 25, 2018 4:00pmOther Regions - Montana CreekWidespread avalanches on all aspects and elevations. Many of them appear to have slid on depth hoar. Crowns up to 8 feet deep and 500 feet wide. None of them appear to have been very recent, I assume …
1521478680March 19, 2018 4:58pmOther Regions - General ObservationsNW winds 18-20 mph Gust to 31MPH. Active wind loading of upper and mid elevations South and East aspects with cross loaded gullies observed today. Wind loading observed from Summit Lake south towards …
1521468000March 19, 2018 2:00pmOther Regions - Aleknagik, AKYesAlaska Avalanche School Backcountry 101 program with Aleknagik school students. Quick look at springlike snowpack on our afternoon tour to City Hill.
1520894394March 12, 2018 10:39pmOther Regions - GrandviewYesMoose Pass to Grandview.
1520890980March 12, 2018 9:43pmOther Regions - GrandviewYesDeep fluff in the morning that warmed into mashed potatoes in the afternoon.
1519821000February 28, 2018 12:30pmOther Regions - Lost LakeYes
1519743600February 27, 2018 3:00pmOther Regions - Snug Harbor to Lost LakeYesRode from Snug Harbor to Lost Lake and the new Lost Lake weather station site (~3miles NNW of Lost Lake). Encountered a snowmachine triggered wind slab en-route - details below.
1518516000February 13, 2018 10:00Other Regions - Seward Area - Eva, Tiehacker, Marathon, etc.Heavy flagging/wind transport on all peaks in the Seward area due to strong outflow winds today
1512907200December 10, 2017 12:00pmOther Regions - Dutch HillsWidespread recent avalanches. Observed on all aspects and elevations that I could see (2,000 to 4,500 ft and generally east half of compass). Sizes ranged from small banks to entire faces. Appeared to …
1512374400December 4, 2017 8:00Other Regions - Lower Russian Lakes Trail to Barber CabinThis avalanche came down above Lower Russian Lake cut off trail to Barber Cabin sometime during the night on Sunday. Thanks for all the updates and observations backcountry travelers!
1512374400December 4, 2017 8:00Other Regions - Moose North (West Aspect)2 Avalanches Observed on Moose North on Monday. Debris made it down to lower elevations. Debris is estimated to be 4-6' deep due to terrain trap on the southern avalanche. Picture was taken looking So …
1492174800April 14, 2017 1:00pmOther Regions - Lost LakeRode Snug Harbor to Lost Lake, left the truck about 11pm. Noticed many Southern aspect slopes had either slid, or showed signs of sliding. All looked to be natural.
1492025404April 12, 2017 7:30pmOther Regions - Tiehacker Avalanche and Lost LakeTiehacker Avalanche (Reported on 4/8 late in the day), Lost Lake Area (South end..avalanches past 24 hours). Springtime warm up has been triggering wet slab avalanches in the Lost Lake area as w …
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