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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1332872554March 27, 2012 6:22pmTurnagain - EddiesWe dug multiple pits today on North and Northeast facing convex rolls on Eddies Ridge. The wind was predominantly from the east, but was also swirling and coming from all directions during the midd …
1332860400March 27, 2012 3:00pmTurnagain - LippsIt was blowing 15-20 gusts at the top today, and there seemed to be a good deal of snow being moved around up there, along with what was falling. Came across a number of wind slabs high up, nothing d …
1332777600March 26, 2012 4:00pmTurnagain - Eddy'sWe saw evidence of an avalanche that slid sometime within the last couple days? Didn't see any tracks entering. I wasn't too close, but it had a 6 in. crown, started at about 35 degrees on a N/NE aspe …
1332774000March 26, 2012 3:00pmTurnagain - Skookum drainageSled-ski tour into Skookum drainage on Monday with Adam Clark. Dug a couple pits on an East and WNW aspect. -East aspect, 32 degrees at 550' CT11 x 2, Q2 at 30cm down. Shear plane was clean and s …
1332684000March 25, 2012 2:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 3I went up to Peak 3 to see how Friday's wind/snow effected the snowpack in the front range. There was a solid wind slab on the surface pretty much the whole way up, giving the snopack a very hollow …
1332673200March 25, 2012 11:00Turnagain - SilverTip PeakWe dug two seperate test pits today, The first was on a North Aspect @1700ft CT23. The second was on a East Aspect @2000ft CT24. Fractures were hard to initiate and failed in the "hard" category. Th …
1332669600March 25, 2012 10:00Turnagain - EddiesDriving into the pass yesterday we noticed a small (size 2?) avalanche on the N corner of Eddies, down low at the rollover. It appeared to be skier triggered.
1332604800March 24, 2012 4:00pmTurnagain - TurnagainWe found isolated but sizeable (20-30feet across) 6-8 inch slab releases when ski cutting the north facing chutes off of the tincan ridge on approach to Todd's. Bed surface was clearly surface hoar. …
1332604800March 24, 2012 4:00pmGirdwood/Portage - United StatesFound variable conditions up Peterson Cr. near Girdwood today March 24th. Good stability, touchy slabs and wet point releases on W-NW facing slopes. We triggered a small slab avalanche 5-45cm in dee …
1332597600March 24, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan and EddiesThe new snow was fairly active today as many soft slab avalanches were triggered. I remotely triggered one small slide on a SE aspect. This slid on a crust and the weak layer was the lower density new …
1332594000March 24, 2012 1:00pmSummit - Tenderfoot RidgeWe saw this naturally-triggered avalanche on the SW side of Tenderfoot Ridge on Saturday, 3/24 (see photo 1). This slide occurred sometime on Saturday morning or Friday night. We believe the trigg …
1332421200March 22, 2012 1:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Orca North faceThis skier triggered avalanche happened sometime last week. We were able to identify buried surface hoar as the problem weak layer. In pit tests, the structure showed moderate strength but the pos …
1332259200March 20, 2012 4:00pmTurnagain - S. Aspect just below Tincan proper peakSluff started by single kick with the side of my splitboard. Started board- width and ended 20-30 ft wide, after running 400-500 ft. Preliminary layer of sun-heated new snow was less than 3 in. on to …
1332253800March 20, 2012 2:30pmTurnagain - Placer valleyPlacer valley had quite a few natural avalanches that slid during or just after the last storm on Monday the 19th. The storm came with little wind and cold snow. It also buried a significant layer …
1332091800March 18, 2012 5:30pmChugach State Park - Flat Top MountainToured up to the top of Flat Top on Sunday. Conditions were beautiful with temps in the 20s and mostly sunny skies. Saw lots of surface hoar along the tour up from the bottom to the top which is r …
1332082800March 18, 2012 3:00pmTurnagain - Magnum East End -- NF CouloirToured to the East End of Magnum to ride some NF powder. Surface hoar from car the car to the summit on Magnun and Sunburst. On the way to Taylor Pass I saw evidence of a couple of good size wet s …
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 …
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