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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1332028800March 18, 2012 12:00Turnagain - CornbiscuitSkiing around Cornbiscuit today we observed that it was completely covered in surface hoar from the road to the ridge on all aspects including the valley floors to the north and south as well as back …
1332007200March 17, 2012 6:00pmTurnagain - Center Ridge approachShort tour, Sat Mar 17th to inspect snowpack conditions. Rapidly warming, steep southern/southeastern aspects. Large slab avalanches on Sunnyside, likely occurred Mar 16 from Mar 14 storm snow. …
1332007200March 17, 2012 6:00pmTurnagain - Back bowls of Magnum and Corn BiscuitTraversing the ridge line between top of Super Bowl and basketball couloir, we all traversed down onto a south facing slope to bypass a rocky section of the ridge, we went one by one and the third ski …
1331992800March 17, 2012 2:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lost Lake Area (West of Lost Lake)Today I took a look at Lost Lake from Cooper Landing side and travelled to the west end of Lost Lake. At around 1430 we took a quick break before we turned back to travel back to the vehicle. At 1 …
1331978400March 17, 2012 10:00Summit - near summitskiing near summit st pattys day found settled pow with some wind effect/loading near ridges, unresponsive to ski cuts west facing 3500 38*. winds avg 10mph on ridge tops temps in low 20's. unconsoli …
1331928000March 16, 2012 8:00pmTurnagain - Eddies South face???Avalanche with significant injuries and rescue On the evening of March 16th one skier was injured in an avalanche late in the day and required rescue. Little is known about this incident because th …
1331906400March 16, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Silvertip creekThis avalanche happened sometime at the end of the last storm event. It slid on a steeper roll, surrounded by less steep terrain with numerous ski tracks. Slope angle at the crown was 40 degrees. …
1331906400March 16, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Shark FinDug pit at 1600', west aspect of shark fin. Pit was 120cm deep. 30 degree slope. CT15Q2@90cm, Fist on top to four finger at bottom. No significant weak layers were observed. Skied slope. Snow was lig …
1331694000March 14, 2012 3:00Turnagain - Center RidgeToured up Center Ridge for a mellow day, found 1 1/2 - 2 feet of fresh snow. Signs of instability included whoomphing and obvious shooting cracks. As we approached our first significant uphill secti …
1331477400March 11, 2012 2:50pmSummit - Butch Ridge, Summit LakeObserved sastrugi and wind loading at higher elevations. Also, a sun crust has begun to develop on the snow surface.
1331476200March 11, 2012 2:30pmGirdwood/Portage - Penguin Ridge 2200 ftLocation:Penguin Ridge Region: Girdwood Date: Mar 11th, 2012 Observer:Public Observation Description: Did a tour up Penguin Ridge from Fly Fishing Lane in Girdwood yesterday. Ended the ascent around …
1331474400March 11, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass and just south of the PassIn anticipation of the next snow/wind event we are mapping the snow surface for future weak layers. The first photo shows layering in the top foot of snow on a southerly slope on Sunburst. There is a …
1331470800March 11, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - Skookum GlacierWhile taking a breaking in the high bowl at Skookum Glacier looking down onto the Glacier I witnessed a natural avalanche that ran down a gut and out onto the flats. There were sled tracks around …
1331395200March 10, 2012 4:00pmTurnagain - twin peaks areaSkied the apron facing twin peaks (head towards twins peaks bang a left, follow up ridge). Skinned up ridge. Lots of cornices. The top, i was hiking back and fell in a hole. I caught myself but …
1331385900March 10, 2012 1:25pmGirdwood/Portage - Glacier Gulch in Crow CreekObserved recent sluffs on steeper ground on south and southwest aspects at higher elevations. Most started near rocks perhaps by sun loosened drops from the rocks. All A few days old.
1331380800March 10, 2012 12:00pmTurnagain - United StatesBefore skiing the south side of Cornbiscuit today, dug a 145cm deep snow pit to look at layers and perform compression tests. A chart is attached. Right side up snowpack, and the compression test r …
1331373600March 10, 2012 10:00Outside of Advisory Area - Carter/Crescent Lake, 3800' NE aspect MadsonTraveled up Carter Lake Trail to check on cabins and to see what that area looked like. Lots of 1-2 day old avalanches out of steep terrain gullies and off of rock bands some D-2 but generally simi …
1331296200March 9, 2012 12:30pmSummit - North GilpatrickToday we climbed up to about 2500 feet on North Gilpatrick under clear and sunny skies, calm winds, and temperatures in the mid twenties. We saw one small shallow slab (photo) that pulled out recent …
1331130600March 7, 2012 2:30pmTurnagain - Skookum DrainageWe were on the southside of Skookum Drainage on a north aspect and a glide crack broke to the dirt. It was about 150 or so yards wide and about 200 yards long down to dirt. There was huge snow chunk …
1331125200March 7, 2012 1:00pmGirdwood/Portage - max mtnToured up Max's on Wed 3/7. Had skied there Sun 3/4 and noticed a natural slab avalanche (40 feet across with a 2' crown) on an small isolated WNW 38 degree rollover at 2600 feet. Two of us jumped …
1330876800March 4, 2012 4:00pmSummit - Summit Lake areaMarch 2,3,4 in Summit Lake area: Avalanche Activity observed March 4: multiple loose snow avalanches to D2 on steep solar effected aspects to about 4500'. One fresh natural size 2 slab avalanche acros …
1330876800March 4, 2012 4:00pmTurnagain - Cornbiscuit South FacePhotos showing south facing human triggered and natural sluffs in Turnagain Pass.
1330869600March 4, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain PassPlenty of dry human triggered sluffs today with a couple fresh wind slabs in areas near Turnagain arm that saw moderate wind in last 24 hours. The sun didn't seem to really cook until later in the a …
1330869600March 4, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst & PastoralSkied a couple south facing runs down Sunburst as well as a NE facing run down Pastoral from the top under clear skies with calm winds (except for near Pastoral where they were much stronger but still …
1330862400March 4, 2012 12:00pmTurnagain - Pete's South West RidgeSunday 3/4, got a 10:30 am start in bright sun from The Johnson Pass Lot and headed up the direct route West Route on Petes South with the sound of helicopters buzzing in the valley. On the ascent …
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