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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
1489763460March 17, 2017 3:11pmAnchorage Front Range - Bear ValleyToured up ridge line above Brewsters Dr
1488632400March 4, 2017 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - McHugh Ridge SW GullySkinned up west ridge of McHugh Peak to around 3,100 ft to intersect with the summer trail, then skiied down a west aspect gully.
1488463200March 2, 2017 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Harp Ridge near South Fork of Eagle RiverYesWe parked at the base and skied up the right gully, and turned around halfway up due to snow pack instability. As we skied to the base of the gully we saw an avalanche in motion that was naturally tri …
1488394800March 1, 2017 7:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 3.5Skinned up Peak 3 gully and over to top of Peak 3.5 along ridge at 4000' elevation band.
1488304800February 28, 2017 6:00pmAnchorage Front Range - McHugh North ridge near summer trailToured W aspect of McHugh Peak to 3100' on north shoulder and summer trail.
1487602800February 20, 2017 3:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Arctic ValleyToured up low angle terrain above tubing hill. Stayed to the right of Nike site and ravine below Nike site. Obscured peak until 4PM. Snowpack is variable across much of terrain due to previous wind.
1487342700February 17, 2017 2:45pmAnchorage Front Range - North Bowl, Hiland RdYesSkinned up SF Eagle River trail to Hunter Pass and up ridge to south to access North Bowl on backside of ridge. Snowpack condition is extremely spatially variable - very poor structure in places (slab …
1486907100February 12, 2017 1:45pmAnchorage Front Range - Flat topYesWent up second trail on right from glen alps to flat top area, weather came in and turned around after exploring tightly spaced spruce on the nne aspect.
1486818000February 11, 2017 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Harp Mountain/Hiland RoadRoute from Hiland road up NW facing ridge line toward Harp Mountain. Previous wind loading on North aspects and North facing cornices were observed.
1486249200February 4, 2017 11:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Hidden Valley. Near South Fork Eagle River. And south side of Harp mountainStandard route to Harp Mountain. Instead of climbing Harp we routed to Hidden Valley. Many cornices and most slopes looked windblown. The observed avalanches were post slide. We did not observe active …
1485694800January 29, 2017 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Gordon Lyon / Arctic ValleyToured up the valley between Gordon Lyon and Arctic Valley. Skinned and skied the E aspect above the tubing hill / parking lot. LOTS of whumphing and cracking around skis. Very shallow snowpack in thi …
1485363600January 25, 2017 5:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Bear Valley area.Took the dog for walk today, snowshoed on Bear Valley slopes. Windy on ridgetops.
1485097200January 22, 2017 3:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Anchorage Front RangeQuick tour to look at snowpack structure and storm totals in S. Anchorage Front Range.
1485093600January 22, 2017 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Above South Fork Trailhead, Eagle RiverYesGroup of 5 skiers followed pre-existing track up the right side of the high traffic "gully" just South of South Fork Creek Trailhead until ~3200ft and begin traversing North searching for deeper, more …
1484574900January 16, 2017 1:55pmAnchorage Front Range - Arctic ValleyTop of TBar at Arctic Ski Valley. Joined ski patrol members to assess snow conditions from recent storm. Ski area received ~1 ft new light dry snow by midday on Monday. This has fallen over variable …
1484167980January 11, 2017 8:53pmAnchorage Front Range - SF Eagle River/Rendevous Ridge Trail intersectionWhen you are waiting for a back to heal and the snow to come...it is time to go practice snowpit skills and gather snowpit observations!! Hiked up SF Eagle River Trail to Rendevous Ridge Trail. Did …
1483372800January 2, 2017 4:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Little O Malley GullyHiked up Little O Malley Gully from Glenn Alps Trailhead.
1482062400December 18, 2016 12:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Arctic ValleyToured above Arctic Valley Ski Area to the saddle between Mount Gordon Lyon and Rendevous Peak. We observed pockets of wind slab near treeline and above tree line on E, S, and W facing terrain feature …
1480939200December 5, 2016 12:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Ptarmigan Peak, 61.05733N, 149.60190WYesApproached via Rabbit Creek, ascended Ptarmigan southwest slopes. Little to no snow on slopes at elevations below 4300', with exception of drifted snow in drainages. Avalanches observed in gullies opp …
1459084380March 27, 2016 1:13pmAnchorage Front Range - peak 3Quick tour to peak 3. Light blowing snow, possible graupel and strong gusts.
1458504000March 20, 2016 8:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 3I tried to traverse from Flatttop to Ptarmigan Pass, due recent (less than 24 hrs) snowfall it was slow and deep. I tried to stay on the ridge following the alpine/summer route. There was a lot of new …
1458500400March 20, 2016 7:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Chugach State ParkQuick after dinner tour into Chugach State Park to see how new snow is bonding to Friday's surface. Deliberately avoided any avalanche terrain this evening.
1458302400March 18, 2016 12:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Chugach State ParkMid day tour into Chugach State Park to capitalize on the new snow before winds come in.
1456423200February 25, 2016 6:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Harp Mountain - South Fork, Eagle RiverYesOriginal Observation posted Feb.26 We had been skiing Harp Mountain regularly for the preceding several weeks in fine, stable conditions, and on Thursday we were hoping to catch what we'd come to p …
1455897600February 19, 2016 4:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Above S.Fork Eagle River trailheadDue to wind distribution, snow coverage is varied from bare to drifted areas almost 2m deep. We dug on a 32 degree NE slope at about 2600'. In places, there were several thin layers of pencil-1finger …
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