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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
1526220759May 13, 2018 2:12pmOutside of Advisory Area - 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 4:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - 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 4:58pmOutside of Advisory Area - 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 2:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - 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 10:39pmOutside of Advisory Area - GrandviewYesMoose Pass to Grandview.
1520890980March 12, 2018 9:43pmOutside of Advisory Area - GrandviewYesDeep fluff in the morning that warmed into mashed potatoes in the afternoon.
1519821000February 28, 2018 12:30pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lost LakeYes
1519743600February 27, 2018 3:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - 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 10:00Outside of Advisory Area - 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 12:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - 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 8:00Outside of Advisory Area - 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 8:00Outside of Advisory Area - 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 1:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - 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 7:30pmOutside of Advisory Area - 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 …
1488546000March 3, 2017 1:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lost LakeYesWe snowmachined up to the Lost Lake area today from the Lost Lake trailhead just outside Seward. The last 3 days in Seward have been extremely windy and heavy wind loading and active snow transport ca …
1487505600February 19, 2017 12:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Seward - Mt MarathonSkied Mt Marathon to a bit short of the summit. Stopped to avoid potential, but not observed instabilities from solar warming, outflow wind transport, and thin spots in the snowpack. Pit @ 3700 ft, …
1487419200February 18, 2017 12:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Seward - Mt EvaToured to roughly 3500 feet, limited from going higher by snow showers and low visibility. Pit 1) W Aspect 20 degrees 2200 ft Height Snow: 3 meters Height Pit: 1.5 meters CT12 Q2 15 cm CT16 …
1487254440February 16, 2017 2:14pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lost Lake and Seward AreaTotal snow accumulation past 24 hours 18" of new snow.(Measured at parking lot at 1200). Current weather conditions: Heavy snowfall 1"+ an hour. Temperatures in the low 30's.
1486629720February 9, 2017 8:42Outside of Advisory Area - Mt. Eva, SewardToured up from Stoney Creek to 3,000' in the bowl. We skied a NW facing slope just below the glacier.
1486303200February 5, 2017 2:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Juneau - North Douglas Island - Mt Troy & Ben StewartAlaska Avalanche School Level 2 General observations from Sunday. One group toured around Mt Ben Stewart, another group to Mt Troy. Note: Juneau does not have a public observations platform, but the …
1486062240February 2, 2017 7:04pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lost Lake Area and Snug Harbor Road....1 picture Summit Lake
1486029600February 2, 2017 10:00Outside of Advisory Area - Mt Eva (Seward Area)Toured up Mt. Eva from Bear Creek TH. Frozen wet snow quickly transitioned to excellent powder at relatively low elevations. Did not observe any stability issues in non-wind affected areas, but we dug …
1486029600February 2, 2017 10:00Outside of Advisory Area - Palmer Creek Rd.Approximately 6 miles up Palmer Creek Road. Area typically slides and covers the road. We arrived and saw the trail was completely wiped out by a massive slide worse than I or my partner had ever seen …
1485953100February 1, 2017 12:45pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lost Lake Cabin AreaToured on skis up motorized pathway to rolling area just above cabin. At about 500' the snow abruptly changed from wet "mashed potatoes" to dense powder. Up higher the snow become deeper (2'+) and pro …
1485802140January 30, 2017 6:49pmOutside of Advisory Area - Seward/Lost Lake area snowfall today.....Update for Seward Moose Pass area. Temp Seward 35 Moderate to heavy snowfall..Currently 3-4" heavy wet snow Additional snowfall forecast for tonight 4-7". Snow forecasted thru Wed. Be safe out ther …
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