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Skiing, snowboarding, snowmachining, hiking, walking, and all other methods of travel or recreation on snow are dangerous and a potential hazard to personal safety. Each person who ventures onto snow is responsible for his or her own safety. Many snow travelers find that education, information, and experience can increase their safety when they are on snow. The public observations reported on this site may appear to offer information about the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, but it is critical to remember that such observations are not evaluated or edited for accuracy and represent the subjective experience of the author.

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
1482092040December 18, 2016 8:14pmOutside of Advisory Area - Dutch HillsYesPetersville region to the Dutch Hills - several remotely triggered avalanches.
1462690800May 8, 2016 7:00Outside of Advisory Area - Eagle and Raven glaciersYesGeneral eklutna traverse north to south. Decent weather, mild temps, melt freeze cycle and no storm days. Noticed surface hoar forming on the whiteout glacier.
1459495380April 1, 2016 7:23Outside of Advisory Area - Ptarmigan Creek Drainage....near Moose PassNew glide Avalanches from yesterday's warm up.
1458372540March 19, 2016 7:29Outside of Advisory Area - Mt Benson SewardGlide Avalanche released on Mt Benson 3/18. See Picture below.
1456850340March 1, 2016 4:39pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lost lakeThe trail is in good condition mostly some wet spots. New snow and wind slabs are hazardous I observed.
1456416420February 25, 2016 4:07pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lower Russian Lake (Barber Cabin)YesTwo Large Avalanches have crossed the summer trail into Barber Cabin on the Lower Russian Lake Area. Both avalanches were reported to have travelled well out on to the Lake itself. This has made trav …
1456394400February 25, 2016 10:00Outside of Advisory Area - Trail into Barber Cabin, near Cooper LandingYesSpent the night at Barber Cabin, and skied out this morning. In the middle of the night (3am) we heard what I thought was a huge gust of wind. Turns out it was the powder blast from a nearby avalanche …
1455050700February 9, 2016 8:45pmOutside of Advisory Area - Wolverine GlacierWe just extended stakes at Wolverine Glacier again today. There is ~300" of settled snow at 4300'. I think this is the highest mid-season snowpack since the record year of 1980-81. The next stake site …
1452874560January 15, 2016 4:16pmOutside of Advisory Area - Petersville Area - Alaska RangeCame across this posted video of a near-miss avalanche on the facebook page of Alaska Snow Cat. See link...https://www.facebook.com/Alaska-Snow-Cat-1710120365888958/ dated Jan 8th. He writes "Be caref …
1451728800January 2, 2016 10:00Outside of Advisory Area - crescent lakeYesThere was 1-2' of overflow on Crescent lake. A large natural avalanche created a debris field extending about halfway across the lake and caused upheaval of lake ice which was about 8" thick. The east …
1451491200December 30, 2015 4:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lower Russian Lake (Summer Route)Yes
1448622000November 27, 2015 11:00Outside of Advisory Area - Russian Lakes Trail, 4-5 miles from the Russian lakes trailhead in Cooper Landing
1446382800November 1, 2015 1:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Eastern Alaska Range - just East of Isabel PassYesLocation: Eastern Alaska Range - just East of Isabel Pass, see map below.
1425778200March 8, 2015 1:30Outside of Advisory Area - Palmer side hatchers passYesHatcher Pass avalanche from Sunday March 8th: Location: ¬†Up and over the saddle then take a left. Follow the main trail back up towards the left and you will see it directly In front of you. Also …
1418905800December 18, 2014 12:30pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lower Russian LakeThis avalanche came down earlier this week. People should use the lake to travel on since it now has 8" of ice and gets you away from these slide paths. This path has crossed the trail many times …
1418515200December 14, 2014 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Upper Lake George GlacierDate: Dec 12th, 2014 Weather: Partly cloudy, some fog, winds <5 knots. Obvious signs of instability: Recent Avalanches - Yes, singular, small natural point release. Collapsing - No Cracking - N …
1415577600November 10, 2014 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Hope Road MP 9Fairly widespread D2's failing at the ground from Turnagain Arm to Moose Pass over the 11/8-11/9 weekend. Here's a photo taken from Hope Road.
1396281600March 31, 2014 4:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Whittier - Nellie Juan LakeTook the opportunity for an overflight of the CNF Wilderness Study Area (WSA) boundary on a beautiful cloudless day. Route: Girdwood -> Whittier -> South to Nellie Juan Lake -> Return to …
1395273600March 20, 2014 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Palmer Creek drainageCNFAIC staff rode up the Palmer Creek drainage today to take a look at the snowmachine triggered avalanche from Saturday March 15th as well as the snow/avalanche conditions. Avalanche (3/15/2014): Tr …
1394983800March 16, 2014 3:30pmOutside of Advisory Area - V-Max CanyonTriggered remotely by snowmachiner from around 100 ft. away. Crown face was around 200 ft. above rider and 6 to 8 ft. deep and ran approx. 200 ft. long. Debris ran out approx. 300 yds. down 30 degre …
1394897400March 15, 2014 3:30pmOutside of Advisory Area - Palmer Creek, Glacier BowlSlope was a West to Northwest facing aspect. This itself caused it to be one of the windloaded aspects due to the easterly winds mentioned in the advisories. Avy was a soft slab with some harder win …
1391161060January 31, 2014 9:37Outside of Advisory Area - Lower Russian Lake (Outside Cooper Landing)This avalanche came down approximately 1/4 mile North of Barber Cabin on Lower Russian Lake. More snow exists higher up on the mountain and has not avalanched in many of the other gullies in this a …
1390482000January 23, 2014 1:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Solar MountainSeveral large avalanches in the Moose Pass area off of steeper terrain. Here is a picture of one of the larger avalanches new today. All are running into lower angle terrain.
1389880800January 16, 2014 2:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lower Russian Lakes TrailToday we skied into Lower Russian Lakes Trail to Barber Cabin for some cabin repairs and to improve the winter access route to the cabin. If going to Lower Russian Lake or the Cabin please use wint …
1389830400January 16, 2014 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Boston Bar Avalanche PathsAvalanches occured Tuesday AM 1/14/14 confirmed
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