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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1330783200March 3, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Magnum RidgeForecast mentioned sunny breaks and that's exactly what we found along the Magnum ridge back towards Superbowl today. The sucker hole graced us with excellent vis for enjoying some sublime Chugach po …
1330646400March 2, 2012 12:00Summit - Toured up Tenderfoot today under mostly sunny skies with calm winds and temps near freezing. First pit was at 2.5K a 30 degree, west-facing slope, where the total snowpack depth was 280 cm. We fou …
1330603200March 1, 2012 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - RaggedtopSkinned up to the ridge on raggey bowl and poked out onto a ese slope, thinking about skiing back down to the road. We were at 2500' ESE aspect, and down from the ridge on a 30-35deg slope. I planne …
1330560000March 1, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Petes SouthCalm day with very light snow falling on Petes South. Winds on the top of the ridge were light with moderate gusts from the northeast and transporting snow in places along the ridgeline. One skier tr …
1330448400February 28, 2012 5:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - North Fork of the Snow RiverThe southern Kenai Mountains are showing some signs of instability with the new snow old snow interface. The photo shows the large propagation in committing terrain. Resurrection Peaks also displaye …
1330387200February 28, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Corn BiscuitFun day to see a lot in the snow. Wx obs: Around 30-40cm of nice low density powder from the Sun/Mon storm. Skies mostly sunny with a mid-level cloud. Very light winds from the east. Snow/Avalanche …
1330214400February 26, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Corn BiscuitWe toured up Corn Biscuit today and found around 6" of new, medium density snow on top of the loose power and stellar crystals from the past few days. Winds were redistributing the snow near, and slig …
1330195174February 25, 2012 6:39pmTurnagain - GoldpanThese are images of the cornice break on Goldpan. The first photo was shot from the top of Cornbiscuit at 1:21 pm. Note the rocks on (climbers) left and the ski tracks for reference. The second sho …
1330180200February 25, 2012 2:30pmTurnagain - Gold PanWe observed a large cornice break in the Gold Pan bowl. Not sure if it was human triggered, as there was someone on the ridge, but out of view from Wolf Run, that we saw emerge later on the top of the …
1330154667February 25, 2012 7:24Summit - John Mt Summit LakeHere is another picture of the slide at John Mt Summit Lake looking down hill towards the Seward Highway MP 41. The Red line marks the debris edge at the bottom. Very wide with some broken trees …
1330119000February 24, 2012 9:30pmSummit - John Mt (Summit Lake)Today we checked out a recent avalanche on the west face of Mount John south of Summit Lake (see photos). We think this released sometime on Wednesday (2/22). This was a hard slab (blocky debris P …
1330079400February 24, 2012 10:30Outside of Advisory Area - This avalanche had a good 4,000' vertical run. The crown is at 5,000', the bench in the middle is ~3,200, and the debris made it down the next rollover and down to 800'.
1330071300February 24, 2012 8:15Outside of Advisory Area - This crown wrapped around the corner. It was starting to fill in from blowing snow, probably several days old.
1329910200February 22, 2012 11:30Turnagain - Seattle CreekRight side up snow pack with 10cms of fist on top of increasing density snow with depth. Cornice falls were seen in Warm-up Bowl and Widow maker. Both Cornice falls are west facing and appeared to h …
1329568916February 18, 2012 12:41pmSummit - TenderfootSkiing and snow science at Tenderfoot. Started the day at ~1030 with thinly overcast sky, no precip, and light winds at trailhead. At ~1130 sky was getting more obscured, it was flurrying, and the w …
1329566400February 18, 2012 12:00pmSummit - Summit Lake RegionSpent three days this past week skiing in the Summit Lake region. Tuesday (2-14) Up Tenderfoot Ridge and up to the top of Peak 4790 under partly cloudy skies with winds increasing to 20-30 mph as th …
1329523200February 18, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Pete's North RidgelineMostly obscured skies covered Turnagain today with 1-2 inches of snow. Wind was blowing in the annoying range above treeline and affecting the slopes. Wind loading off the ridgeline was prevalent but …
1329264000February 15, 2012 12:00Summit - Tenderfoot Trees and RidgeDrove through Turnagain Pass today in a snow storm and as there was no where to park - so much snow in the past few days has really kept the plow drivers busy just keeping the Seward Highway driveable …
1329220800February 14, 2012 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - GirdwoodLarge natural avalanche off the North face of the Moneys in Girdwood. It happened at the tail end of the storm, early on the morning of 2-14. Other avalanches in Girdwood include shallower slabs a …
1329217909February 14, 2012 11:11Chugach State Park - Front RangeRaced the winds to get in a couple decent laps from the top of pk3 this afternoon. Started out with moderate winds (on the low end of the scale) and relatively unconsolidated windbuffed powder in the …
1328968800February 11, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Pete's NorthRemotely triggered avalanche catches, carries and buries two skiers ascending the up-track on the westerly aspects of Pete's North ridge near treeline. One partially buried and one fully buried. Both …
1328961600February 11, 2012 12:00pmSummit - Raven RidgeWe triggered an avalanche today on a small N facing rollover at 2200' on Raven Ridge. We were skinning up the ridge, traversing below a small, steeper slope when the snow collapsed. The fracture propa …
1328918400February 11, 2012 12:00Summit - 14:30Alex nailed it today in his forecast and discussion. If you don't hear from the couple in the avalanche on Sugar Ridge, I'll present what I saw. There was an avalanche on the knob at the top of the …
1328540400February 6, 2012 3:00pmTurnagain - MagnumToured up to investigate a natural avalanche that released sometime in the last 24 hours on a NW aspect of Magnum. This was a naturally released wind slab that was large enough to bury, injure or kil …
1328536800February 6, 2012 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Seward Hwy MP 102-90The sun started to create sun sluffs and rollerballs yesterday afternoon. This was happening on southern exposures near rocks and trees. Most notworthy were the slabs that appear to have been trig …
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