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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
1298246400February 21, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Twin Peaks NW BowlThis natural avalanche failed sometime over the past few days, but we are unable to be certain when due to recent low visibility. Likely trigger was wind-transported snow onto this leeward aspect. …
1298160000February 20, 2011 12:00Turnagain - Johnson PassThese naturals occurred overnight between Saturday and Sunday. The primary trigger was likely overbearing weight from new wind slabs. We are unsure how deep they broke, but it is possible they step …
1298160000February 20, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Fresno PeakQuick look at a profile of a poor structure snowpack in the interior Kenai.
1298073600February 19, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Turnagain PassGreat photo showing snow being transported by strong winds along the peaks and ridges on Turnagain Pass.
1298073600February 19, 2011 12:00Turnagain - TincanNew snow sloughing on the south side of the Tincan ridge.
1298073600February 19, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle RidgeNaturally triggered wind slab that ran almost full length of the gully. Photo taken while the slide was in motion!
1298073600February 19, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SilvertipNaturally triggered wind slab on the east face of Silvertip.
1298073600February 19, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - MarmotThis photo was taken in the Hatcher Pass area and shows what looks like a slide (likely a wind slab) near the ridge that pulled out adjacent soft slabs on the steep side wall terrain of gully while it …
1298073600February 19, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Penguin RidgeNatural wind slab on the Girdwood side of Penguin Ridge.
1297728000February 15, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - RaggedtopThis avalanche was believed to be initiated by a fresh wind slab that stepped down and pulled out sections of a deeper slab further down the slope. It washed over and caught one person about 200' down …
1297468800February 12, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - LippsA skier was able to ski cut and trigger this soft slab avalanche on the west side of Lipps. The ski cut was placed on a steep roll over near the top and involved only the most recent storm snow (possi …
1297468800February 12, 2011 12:00Turnagain - TincanThis is a soft wind slab triggered by a skier/snowboarder on the lower section of the Tincan ridge, southwest facing. Estimated at 12" at deepest point and possibly 100' wide running around 200'.
1297468800February 12, 2011 12:00Turnagain - SunburstA skier initiated (on left) and natural (of right) loose snow sluffs in the new 5-8" of low density storm snow on Sunbust.
1297382400February 11, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - S. Fork Eagle River, N. BowlSkied North Bowl in whiteout conditions this afternoon. Winds were light everywhere but on the ridge where gusts were moderate. Dug a test pit at ~3800 on a 30 degree slope to the skiers left of the …
1297123200February 8, 2011 12:00Turnagain - TincanJumping on this test slope resulted in a tiny slab avalanche. Shooting cracks broke down to a buried layer of 1mm surface hoar from our recent clear weather. Continued strong winds have increased t …
1297036800February 7, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Magnum South FaceRider triggered avalanche on 2-7-11. Triggered in steep rocky terrain around shallow points.
1297036800February 7, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - North End of Seattle RidgeThis glide avalanche failed sometime on February 7th between 11:00am and 4:00pm. Glide cracks could start emerging as a hazard again; if so, avoid travelling beneath any open cracks.
1297036800February 7, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Magnum - South FaceA snowboarder triggered this deep slab avalanche on a run down the South Face of Magnum. The avalanche was reportedly triggered near exposed rocks, where buried weak snow is closer to the surface. …
1296950400February 6, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle RidgeTwo snowboarders triggered this slide on Repeat Offender on the east facing side of Seattle Ridge. Estimated at 100' wide and 1-3' deep. It broke above them while they were part way down the slope, th …
1296864000February 5, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Eagle River - North Bowl, HighRemote skier triggered avalanche from Eagle River in North Bowl. This was around 1.5� deep and 100� wide, remotely triggered on low angle terrain from around 100m away.
1296777600February 4, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle ridge, JuniorsSeattle ridge webcam looking at Junior's Bowl, southwest face. Avalanche occurred between 130 and 230 in the afternoon.
1296777600February 4, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Summit Lake, ColoradoThese avalanches and another outside the photo happened during or immediately after the storm around 2-3-11. Notice the distribution of the failure which indicates sympathetic or upslope propagation. …
1296777600February 4, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Between lynx and silvertipThis very large natural avalanche happened on 2-3 or 2-4. Photo taken from the Johnson pass trailhead parking. Width is estimated at 2000+ feet. Likely old persistent weak layers. Propagation is e …
1296777600February 4, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - West side of Twin Tip, SummitThis large natural occurred during or after the storm around 2-3-11. Notice the propagation on the lower tier of the avalanche including upslope on the left side. The upper bowl crown wraps around t …
1296777600February 4, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Silvertip, twintipThese mid slope avalanches occurred on 2-3 or 2-4. Total width extends from nearly the far left to far right of picture.
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