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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
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 …
1229126400December 13, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SE face Superbowl Peak/GoldpanThis is looking at the remote triggered slide from a distance. There is easily enough snow to bury and kill someone.
1228953600December 11, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seward Hwy (near Kern Creek)Get ready to see more of these types of avalanches. We've been watching these cracks form over the past week, but they really starting moving since the last storm. We've seen pretty big glide cra …
1228953600December 11, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SunburstWe continue to find a layer of buried surface hoar in our pits. This one was about 5 feet deep. It still breaks clean, and you can see these feathery crystals with the naked eye. It is very diff …
1228953600December 11, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Boston Bar (Hope Road)Carl and I saw this avalanche today 12/11/2008. It probably ripped out during the last storm.
1228867200December 10, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - LippsGlide cracks like this have been seen on the southwest aspect of Lipps, Cornbiscuit, and Magnum. These are very hard to predict, but easy to avoid. If you can see one, then don't travel on or und …
1228867200December 10, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Magnum SW AspectWatch out for steep rollovers like this one. Its not a very big avalanche, but it could still bury you or smash you into those alders.
1228867200December 10, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Sunny Side Eastern AspectThis is one of those hour glass shaped avalanche paths. The starting zone at the top is a heavily wind effected bowl. You can see the wind scoured ridge along the lookers right. It looked like t …
1228867200December 10, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tincan (Todd's Run) North AspeThis is kind of fuzzy, but I just wanted to get a closer look at the terrain and the crown face. Check out how deep it is under the rocks on the lookers right. I've seen lots of avalanches undern …
1228348800December 4, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seward Hwy (near Kern Creek)This artillery triggered avalanche might support the theory that our weak snowpack will fail with a larger trigger. It definately shows that the weak layer of faceted October snow on the ground is …
1228176000December 2, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Sunburst 3400 feet SW aspectPit located about 50m away from remote skier-triggered avalanche that occurred on 11-28-08. Total snowpack depth is 4 feet (120 cm). Easily found buried surface hoar/facet layer 3 feet down (95 cm …
1228176000December 2, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SunburstI was goofing around and isolated this 2 inch wide column that was the full snowpack depth of about 4 feet deep. I was hoping to get a picture of the layer of buried surface hoar about that is abo …
1228176000December 2, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Glacier Ranger District OfficeNovember Totals: 2008 78" Snow, 6.7" Water 2007 117" Snow, 13.9" Water 2006 12" Snow, .8" Water 2005 12" Snow, 3" Water This is a weather chart for the Center Ridge weather station at 1800 feet and …
1227830400November 28, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - AlyeskaChristmas Chute went sympathetic to artillery shot in Glacier Bowl Right Wall.
1227830400November 28, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SunburstThis was a human-triggered avalanche on the south west aspect on Sunburst. This avalanche was remotely-triggered from a distance from a group of skiers on the flats down below. Occured within 24 …
1227771480November 27, 2008 7:38Outside of Advisory Area - Cornbiscuit
1227358560November 22, 2008 12:56pmOutside of Advisory Area - Tincan - TurnagainUnderside of failed compression test layer. Surface hoar intact.
1227225600November 21, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle Ridge (Mama's Bowl) SWThis was from a pit during a tour up Seattle Ridge on Friday November 21, 2008. The darker colored slab on top is denser "1Finger" snow. The lighter colored layer underneath that slab is less den …
1227052800November 19, 2008 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Mama's Bowl
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