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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1334779200April 18, 2012 8:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Below Goat couloir April 18I thought it interesting that the slab was where it was and relatively low angle. The alpha angle from slab crown to toe was 18* Cheers
1334766600April 18, 2012 4:30pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeLots of avalanche activity today in the forecast zone. A drive through Turnagain Pass and you'll be impressed with the amount of avalanche activity on the east face of Seattle ridge. Glides and poin …
1334750400April 18, 2012 12:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain PassSkiers and snowmachiners- Please be aware there is a habituated (blond-colored) brown bear still on the loose in the Placer/ Turnagain/ Johnson Pass area. This 2 year-old female cub escaped from the A …
1334692800April 17, 2012 8:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass - SunburstToured up Sunburst for a closer look at the pack above 3000'. Weather was warm, breezy and clouds were in and out making for difficult travel above treeline. New snow from 4/15-16: 2" very wet snow ar …
1334361600April 14, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Seattle Ridge and Corn BiscuitClouds moved into Turnagain Pass quickly today and light rain began to fall below 1500' around noon. By 3pm it was raining more heavily near Portage and the Arm. Corn Biscuit: Light wet snow falling …
1334332800April 13, 2012 4:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Crow PassSkied down from Crow Pass in mid afternoon on supportable corn snow. Previous avalanches from the past few days were evident. A couple broke down to ground. All were consistent with Spring meltdow …
1334325600April 13, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - United StatesWent up Corn Biscuit yesterday afternoon sun, sun, sun. We began from the pullout at 1230. 5 cms of refrozen snow on top of old pow on the uptrack (west). Skinned about 2/3 of the way up before deci …
1334298592April 13, 2012 6:29Turnagain - Turnagain PassPictures of recent avalanches in Turnagain Pass area. A warm week with minimal re-freezing overnight and bright sunny days started a fairly significant shed cycle primarily on east and south aspects.
1334246400April 12, 2012 4:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Lower Lookers Right on Ragged Top Facing Crow CreeWell, I'll jump on the glide release train...that nice sized one on Ragged Top (lookers right lower above one of the paths that drains to Crow Creek Road) popped about 4pm yesterday (Thursday) after …
1334188800April 12, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Seattle Ridge / Twin PeaksThe snowpack is becoming wet, saturated, rotten and beginning to shed. Especially at the middle elevations and in locations where the pack is thinner. - We saw a natural wet loose avalanche today on …
1334147400April 11, 2012 12:30pmGirdwood/Portage - California Creek/east side Girdwood ValleyWet activity was busy yesterday on east aspects in the early part of the day and south and west aspects near the latter part of the day. Safe travel routes to avoid being exposed to wet point relea …
1334102400April 11, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Lipps - Corn BiscuitA pit on the Lipps shoulder, westerly aspect at 3300', showed a reactive and propagating layer of buried surface hoar. This layer is thought to be the same layer that has been causing a number of huma …
1334017288April 10, 2012 12:21Outside of Advisory Area - Bard Peak/Portage LakeBright sunny day with dead calm winds. The lower flanks of the hershey kiss of Bard Peak where pool table smooth corn, warming up around 400pm. The upper summit cone had a slight suncrust with a ar …
1333899000April 8, 2012 3:30pmTurnagain - Squirrel FlatsWidening glide crack on the north side of Seattle ridge. Second photo is a large cornice above Spencer Glacier. We may see features similar to these failing in the coming days as slopes are exposed …
1333813522April 7, 2012 3:45pmSummit - Fresno Elevation 2000' NE AspectToday I went up Fresno up the ridge out of Manitoba parking lot. Skied to near the ridge with breakable sun crust and 2 " of new snow. Did not see too much instability. Got to a short NE facing s …
1333724400April 6, 2012 3:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst, N SideBuried surface hoar on N aspects is still tender in a few spots. I triggered a D1+ soft slab this afternoon on the N side of Sunburst at 3400' on a due N aspect, 40 degree slope angle. The crown was ~ …
1333670400April 6, 2012 12:00Turnagain - East facing Seattle RidgeGlide cracks are widening more and more every day. Not many have released - yet... Buried surface hoar remains reactive in pit tests. NW shoulder of Eddie's main bowl (2800', NW, 37deg): ECTP 24 Q1 S …
1333468800April 3, 2012 4:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Falls CreekThree layers of buried surface hoar found up Falls Creek at about 2600' north aspect. The first layer ~25cm deep failed consistently with CTMQ2x2 and ECTP29 results. The next layer down, ~35-40cm de …
1333465200April 3, 2012 3:00pmTurnagain - East side of Placer River valleyLots of moderate size sluffing on North aspects. The gully shown has NW aspect. Less active at higher elevations.
1333449000April 3, 2012 10:30Girdwood/Portage - Kern CreekWet glide avalanche in Kern creek. This was a full depth glide avalanche that stripped wetter snow on the way down. Larger resolution picture can be found here.
1333324800April 2, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Turnagain Junior's BowlNo instability observed 4/2 skiing or snowmobiling. Snow stayed cool and dry on N. faces. Slides appear to be from 4/1, both snowmobile sidehilling. About 12- 18" deep, one on lee side of wind lip …
1333251000April 1, 2012 3:30Turnagain - castle? twin peak?Wx was pea soup on top half of the castle or twin peak. Dug a test pit about 300 feet below the saddle on 38 degree North aspect. First column released during overly aggressive digging, second colum …
1333152000March 31, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Corn BiscuitToured up Corn Biscuit ridge today and found the buried surface hoar on northerly aspects, which has been causing several shallow wind and soft slabs around Turnagain Pass, is still sensitive. We w …
1333140033March 30, 2012 8:40pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass, Snowmobile side, below Seattle RidSnowmobile triggered avalanches on Thursday, early afternoon. Both slide were on west facing slopes. Both slides triggered after riding by the areas that slid, and were slow moving slides. Slide be …
1333128748March 30, 2012 5:32pmOutside of Advisory Area - Ressurection Pass Swan LakeForest Service Cabin Crew reported an avalanche that had come down across trail just before Swan Lake Cabin on Ressurection Pass Trail. This came down sometime in the afternoon on Thurseday since ca …
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