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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1555441200April 16, 2019 7:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 3 areaUp rabbit creek and up/down one of the SW gullies.
1555184940April 13, 2019 7:49pmChugach State Park - Falls CreekHiked a dry trail the first mile or so before getting to enough snow to skin. Turned into the right bowl before getting to the lake. A lot of recent and old roller balls and wet debris on most aspects …
1554567720April 6, 2019 4:22pmChugach State Park - Powerline passBiked out powerline and up apron of s cooler. Crust is solid enough to bike off trail and could hold an edge.
1554226200April 2, 2019 5:30pmChugach State Park - Moon Gully (above Hiland Road Bus Turnaround)YesFollowed established skinner from school bus turnaround - about 1 hour behind another party
1554206400April 2, 2019 12:00pmChugach State Park - Ram and Peters CrWidespread, large, alarming rockfall even early in the day. With the upcoming change in weather pattern was glad to see very little and discontinuous surface hoar. One large slab avalanche on th …
1553958000March 30, 2019 3:00pmChugach State Park - Hunter CreekLarge natural avalanches on all aspects and elevations up to D3. Presumably most of these ran during the storm cycle, but the largest one ran during the afternoon of 3/30. It was on a SW face at appro …
1552219200March 10, 2019 12:00pmChugach State Park - Ram ValleyYesWidespread rumbling collapses, shooting cracks, and wind transport. Natural and skier triggered windslab avalanches on moraine convexities. These terrain features were relatively small, slides were 1- …
1551639600March 3, 2019 7:00pmChugach State Park - Peters CreekSkied north facing coolies in Peters Creek. No formal stability tests, but no signs of instability observed. Lovely settled powder, and generally good snow on all but most solar aspects. Moderate to h …
1551024000February 24, 2019 4:00pmChugach State Park - SW Rusty Point ( Wolverine ridge in Anchorage)YesWhile xc skiing on Middle Fork saw 2 folks had put a steep skin track up Rusty Point ( directly above bridge crossing just before Williwaw trail junction. Watched them for a bit as the snow looked dee …
1551009600February 24, 2019 12:00pmChugach State Park - Arctic ValleyArctic Valley parking lot to Mount Gordon Lyon ridge
1550768400February 21, 2019 5:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 2Toured up SSE gully on peak 2.
1549720800February 9, 2019 2:00pmChugach State Park - Falls CreekIcy bootpack through the alders (recommend micro spikes). Small wind slab natural release on the falls lake couloir apron.
1549713600February 9, 2019 12:00pmChugach State Park - Falls CrSkied Falls Cr coulies. No signs of current instability in chutes or aprons, but did not dig any pits to assess potential persistent weak layers. Widespread ~1 week old storm slab crowns on faces and …
1547823600January 18, 2019 3:00pmChugach State Park - Ptarmigan Peak, North Face, S-couloirDescended S-couloir on Ptarmigan peak
1546426800January 2, 2019 11:00Chugach State Park - South Fork Eagle River, Hiland Road mile 7.3Two avalanches observed along upper Hiland Road in the steep chutes along the east side of the valley. The first at mile 7.3, the other higher up in the bowl just south of the first. Both originated i …
1546362900January 1, 2019 5:15pmChugach State Park - Arctic ValleyPoked around to do some turns near the ski area - saw an avalanche that had slid to the ground with a decent runout under chair 2 in Rondy Bowl. Lots of wind transport happening, snow surface was supp …
1546279140December 31, 2018 5:59pmChugach State Park - Peak 3YesRegular route up peak 3
1546092000December 29, 2018 2:00pmChugach State Park - Glen Alps - Blueberry HillToured at Glen Alps for our Level 1 Refresher to do companion rescue practice and take a look at the snowpack. Turned around at the top of Blueberry Hill due to very flat light and poor visibility.
1545483600December 22, 2018 1:00pmChugach State Park - South Fork, Swiss BowlTook standard summer trail back to Rendezvou Ridge trail and Eagle Lake trail split, continued into the valley. Recent wind scouring and loading on both sides of the valley. Only skied 3/4 way up due …
1545310740December 20, 2018 12:59pmChugach State Park - Mt. BaldyApproached the summit from the parking lot up main trail (NNW face)
1545223680December 19, 2018 12:48pmChugach State Park - Peak 3 FlattopTesting the waters on Peak 3 of Flattop. There's a weak icy layer a few inches down, wouldn't recommend it at this time.
1545136440December 18, 2018 12:34pmChugach State Park - Far North Bicentennial Park, Anchorage, Hillside Mountain Bike Trail: Jeff's Whoop-Whoop (61° 8' 20.58" N, 149° 44' 35.78" W)Yesterday while conducting a work-related trail inspection on the newly opened Anchorage Hillside mountain bike trail called "Jeff's Whoop-Whoop", we observed several trail side-slopes (cut banks) wit …
1544886000December 15, 2018 3:00pmChugach State Park - Chugach State Park Arctic Valley.Toured up valley from Arctic Valley Ski Area PL. to S. frk. Eagle River saddle, then N. up ridge to just below top of Mt. Gordon Lyon. Then skied down Tequilla Bowl.
1544796000December 14, 2018 2:00pmChugach State Park - Arctic Valley RendezvousUp Arctic Valley to the pass between Rendezvous and Gordon Lyon, up the Rendezvous north ridge to 3850ft.
1544529600December 11, 2018 12:00pmChugach State Park - Arctic ValleyDug a pit on a northerly aspect around 3300ft. ECTP12 roughly 70cm down on melt freeze/facet interface. Snow height roughly 80cm.
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