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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
1518796800February 16, 2018 4:00pmChugach State Park - Ridge between peak 2 and peak 3South facing slope. Unknown trigger. Wind loaded.
1518361200February 11, 2018 3:00pmChugach State Park - Arctic Valley - Rendevous SaddleTypical route to Rendevous Saddle. Thin and variable snowpack throughout valley.
1516968000January 26, 2018 12:00pmChugach State Park - Ptarmigan PassRabbit cr trail to the pass. Most aspects scoured as usual for this drainage that sees predominate SE down valley winds. SW to NW are blown in making things skiable. Turn quality was decent after gett …
1515337200January 7, 2018 3:00pmChugach State Park - Arctic ValleyFrom Arctic Valley PL skied up valley bottom and up Tequila Bowl to summit of Mt. Gordon Lyon. Skied back down Tequila Bowl and around ridge to saddle overlooking S. fork Eagle River. Did pit just bel …
1514139660December 24, 2017 6:21pmChugach State Park - Monte St. CheeseStandard uptrack, detoured around rosemary cloves, increasing summer of surface garlic cloves near summit.
1513659600December 19, 2017 5:00Chugach State Park - Arctic ValleyStandard route up Arctic Valley toward Rendezvous Saddle. Avalanche Level 1 field days. Dug hasty snow pits on SW slope @ 2900' across from ski area on Dec 16 , and N slope @ 3500' between Avalanche …
1512566340December 6, 2017 1:19pmChugach State Park - Rendezvous RidgeYesStandard route
1512225000December 2, 2017 2:30pmChugach State Park - S. Front rangeYesQuick park and poke to look at front range structure ahead of this early December storm. Was able to jump on several small test slopes as I progressed into slightly bigger terrain. Whumpfing, shooting …
1509807600November 4, 2017 3:00pmChugach State Park - "Hope Mountain" / W of Ptarmigan PeakYesRode my bike on the Powerline trail, all the way to the lake behind Ptarmingan Peak. Saw a debris of an avalanche, unknown how old or how that happened, but seemed that came from top to bottom.
1509206400October 28, 2017 4:00pmChugach State Park - Saddle between Wedge and AvalancheYesStarted off skiing but with the hard snow it was more work than it was worth. Took skis off and climbed up in boots, trying to stay away from the drifts and remain on the rocky areas. Started down, fo …
1494874800May 15, 2017 7:00pmChugach State Park - 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 5:00pmChugach State Park - Falls Creek Hiked/skinned up to falls creek lake. Snow level @ ~ 2000'. Generally supportable snow
1493985600May 5, 2017 12:00pmChugach State Park - 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 3:00pmChugach State Park - North bowlParking lot to hunter pass to north bowl summit.
1493125200April 25, 2017 1:00pmChugach State Park - 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 7:30pmChugach State Park - 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 7:00pmChugach State Park - McHugh PeakToured up the NW ridge of McHugh, skied a W aspect gully.
1492185600April 14, 2017 4:00pmChugach State Park - 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 7:00pmChugach State Park - 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 1:00pmChugach State Park - 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 1:30pmChugach State Park - 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 3:11pmChugach State Park - Bear ValleyToured up ridge line above Brewsters Dr
1488632400March 4, 2017 1:00pmChugach State Park - 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 2:00pmChugach State Park - 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 7:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 3.5Skinned up Peak 3 gully and over to top of Peak 3.5 along ridge at 4000' elevation band.
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