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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
1494874800May 15, 2017 7:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Harp MountainUp the ridge, had to dirt-walk for a few hundred vert. Then skinning in totally rotten snow pack. Ski penetration in was often shin deep in slush. Skiing was pretty bad, though funny. Face plants occu …
1494090000May 6, 2017 5:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Falls Creek Hiked/skinned up to falls creek lake. Snow level @ ~ 2000'. Generally supportable snow
1493985600May 5, 2017 12:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peking - Rumble - RainaEnjoyable snow in the upper half of the X couloir, and bad snow in the lower half. Thin, but mostly skinnable in the Peters Creek bottoms. Hard snow in the Rumble apron, then awesome dense powder, unt …
1493564400April 30, 2017 3:00pmAnchorage Front Range - North bowlParking lot to hunter pass to north bowl summit.
1493125200April 25, 2017 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 3Skin/boot packed up trying to stay up on the ridge above the main gully as much as possible. Shallow re-freeze of the top layer, collapsing through to some wet soggy snow on west-facing slopes. Snow i …
1492630200April 19, 2017 7:30pmAnchorage Front Range - Rendezvous Peak-Avalanche GullyToured up cat track to the Gordon Lyon-Rendezvous Peak pass and along N shoulder to summit of Rendezvous Peak.
1492542000April 18, 2017 7:00pmAnchorage Front Range - McHugh PeakToured up the NW ridge of McHugh, skied a W aspect gully.
1492185600April 14, 2017 4:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Kanchee PeakYesToured up Long Lake Valley, up the S face of Tanaina, down the N side of Tanaina and then down Show Hawk and around to the Dome. We had some minor settling on the south side of Tanaina and there were …
1491678000April 8, 2017 7:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Ram Valley270 cm snow depth on flat glacier at 5,000 ft. Approximately 30 cm new snow from this past week above 5,000 ft. Enough new snow to completely hide tracks on Bombardment Pass and Korohusk from last wee …
1491656400April 8, 2017 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - North BowlAscended to Hunter Pass, skied North Bowl from summit. Ascended via NW aspect of north ridge, skied NE meadows to car. Great soft, settled powder on northern aspects.
1491485400April 6, 2017 1:30pmAnchorage Front Range - Ski JumpsYesCargo nets are placed on the landing hill in order to hold snow for the winter. This being the first year with nets on the 65 meter ski jump has led to adjustments for next year. No one was injured in …
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 …
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