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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1232150400January 17, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tincan SW AspectThis class 2 avalanche happened at 2500' on a SW aspect sometime during the Jan. 13-16 storm.
1232150400January 17, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tincan West AspectThis small class 1 avalanche happened at 2500' on a wind-loaded west aspect sometime during the Jan 13-16 storm.
1232150400January 17, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Magnum West AspectHere is another photo of the natural avalanche on Magnum that most likely occurred at the end of the storm on Friday 1/16. The debris came down into the alders.
1232150400January 17, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Magnum Western AspectThere are multiple crown faces that are wind hammered. It is difficult to say exactly what happened here; but, it sure looks like the entire upper bowl (Catcher's Mit) of the western aspect avalanc …
1231977600January 15, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Center Ridge Weather StationBen Faucher (the CNFAIC intern) helped hike new batteries up to the Center Ridge Weather Station on 01-15-2009. NRCS is working on getting the station back on line soon.
1231977600January 15, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Center RidgeWe found about 18-20 inches of new snow on top of the facets near the Center Ridge Weather station. We felt several collapses. Hand pits all failed on the back cut. Plus, we remotely triggered t …
1231804800January 13, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - TincanThere are 5-6 inches of facets (square symbol in pit graph) under 4-6 inches of new snow as of 01/13/09. These facets have been failing and causing very small inconsequential avalanches over the p …
1231804800January 13, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - TincanI dug this pit at 2500 feet on a west aspect. Once we got above treeline where the wind was actively loading leeward aspects, we were able to trigger some small surface soft slabs 3-6 inches thick …
1231545600January 10, 2009 12:00Turnagain - Pete's NorthThe notes from this pit mention how the surface facets where easy to sluff out with skis. That is not a good sign that all those facets are so easy to trigger even when there is not a new load of …
1231372800January 8, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Pyramid Mtn. approachThis is a photo of a small skier-triggered sluff avalanche on an east aspect near the powerline at 1300 feet elevation.
1230768000January 1, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Glacier Ranger District OfficeDescription: December Totals: 2008* 42" Snow*, 3.6" Water* 2007 66" Snow, 5.4" Water 2006 158" Snow, 13.9" Water 2005 43" Snow, 8.7" Water *Center Ridge weather station recorded no data from 12/21-12 …
1230595200December 30, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Main Bowl/Seattle RidgeJust like Bill's pit on Sunburst on saturday 12/27/08, the top 1- 2 feet of this Main Bowl snowpit shows a bad temperature gradient near the surface. I took a close look with my magnifying glass an …
1230336000December 27, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SunburstCheck out how the red temperature line shifts way to the left in the top ~40cm (~1-2 feet) of snow. A drastic snow temperature change like this can create facets and make a dangerous weak layer af …
1230336000December 27, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Lipps SW AspectHere is a current photo of the large glide crack on the SW face of Lipps. Half of it released 2 weeks ago, with the other half slowly creeping downhill.
1229990400December 23, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Stock Run Bowl NW AspectI was unable to find the buried surface hoar or the crust above the October facets that we have seen in other pits. Compression tests showed good stability. My main concern was the failure on top …
1229990400December 23, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Stock Run Bowl/Seattle RidgeTotal snowpack depth at this site was 4.3 feet. I easily found the buried surface hoar mixed with rounding-out facets 3.5 feet down on top of a 4 inch thick crust. This, in turn, was sitting on a …
1229558400December 18, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Cornbiscuit SE AspectThis pit was about 4 feet deep on top of rocks and tundra. I did not get any failures on the October facets near the ground until I really hammered on my shovel. The weak layer of greatest concer …
1229558400December 18, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Magnum Southwest AspectGlide cracks are very easy to see, but difficult to predict. They don't always avalanche. When they do, they fail all the way to the ground. Sometimes they avalanche when its storming, sometimes …
1229558400December 18, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Cornbiscuit South West AspectRocks that look like chocolate chips in a bowl of ice cream can be likely areas to trigger an avalanche. This is a type of terrain you want to avoid right now.
1229385600December 16, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Main Bowl/Seattle RidgeThis snowpit is about 3 feet deep on top of tundra. It looks like it should be unstable; so, it might have some potential in the future. However, my stability tests showed good stability. I coul …
1229385600December 16, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Main Bowl/Seattle RidgeThe total snowpack depth at this pit was 5 feet. I easily found the buried surface hoar above sugary facets 4 feet down, but I could not get it to fail in my stability tests. Only after pounding …
1229212800December 14, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Cornbiscuit Southern AspectExcellent rescue skills saved the life of a skier caught in this human-triggered avalanche on the south side of Cornbiscuit on Saturday 12/13/08. GREAT WORK GUYS! We are still gathering informati …
1229126400December 13, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SW face of CornbiscuitHere is a stitched together photo of the entire avalanche. You can see people at the bottom where the skier was buried.
1229126400December 13, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SE face Superbowl Peak/GoldpanThis is a closeup of the remote triggered avalanche. Note how the crown face tapers down to the rock on the right where the weak layers at the bottom of the snowpack are close to the surface and t …
1229126400December 13, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SE face Superbowl Peak/GoldpanHere is a closer view of the avalanche. This slide was remotely triggered by a skier approx. 50 feet away at 4000 feet elevation. The max depth of the crown face was 4-5 feet. Note how the fract …
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