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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1326722400January 16, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Up Spokane CreekSkied a couple south-southwest facing runs up Spokane Creek, finishing the day just below the headwall. Similar conditions to the past couple days, although the sluffing seems to continue to mellow o …
1326722400January 16, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - petes trees south sideWas noticing lots of surface hoar from road up until tree line when it went away completely due to wind erosion, found some really good snow and very small wind slabs cracking and breaking (top 1" …
1326718800January 16, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - Cornbiscuit, South FaceSite Characteristics: Observation Location: Cornbiscuit Aspect: S-SW Elevation: 3500' Slope Angle: 36* Current Wx: Sky Conditions: Clear Air Temp: 6.4*F (Sunburst); -1.3* …
1326717000January 16, 2012 12:30pmTurnagain - Turnagain PassGenerally stable riding conditions today. Most obvious observations from my day in the field included large (3-4mm) surface hoar (SH) crystals forming in the valley bottom. This coincided nicely wit …
1326657600January 15, 2012 8:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst / Magnum RidgesClimbed to the top of Sunburst on a nice day with few clouds, temperatures in the teens, and light NW winds (0-5 mph, gusts to 15 mph). 4-8" of loose snow covered hard wind slab in most areas. We du …
1326640080January 15, 2012 3:08pmSummit - near summit lakesaw evidence of numerous class 3 to 3.5 from midweek avy cycle...most crowns filled back in or wind eradicated, most activity on north/northwest aspects..debris ran far but primarily covered up with s …
1326635100January 15, 2012 1:45pmChugach State Park - Peak 2, South BowlToured up the south side of the Peak 2/Peak 3 area. Along the exposed ridge line the snow was very thin and wind blown with varying wind slabs, hard crusts, and soft snow pockets. Went up the south …
1326621600January 15, 2012 10:00Turnagain - LippsSkied a few laps, south facing, back along the Lipps ridge. Seemed like a very similar scene as south facing Magnum from yesterday. Same hard slab underneath a few inches of fluff and same sluffing, …
1326571200January 14, 2012 8:00pmTurnagain - Lynx Creek valleyToured up Lynx Creek valley today, observed variable snowpack conditions that kept us to lower consequence terrain. Lower in valley we had several collapses on an obvious weak layer about 30cm down, …
1326555000January 14, 2012 3:30pmTurnagain - Center RidgeSkied up and along center ridge, broke trail on the classic route up to the observation point where I found a trail which came up a separate direction. 4 to 6 inches of fresh light snow on a crust. …
1326549600January 14, 2012 2:00pmSummit - Summit on Upper Summit Lake dIrectly across from TSnow low down is deep and fun riding, but up high we saw some wind slab action. Pictures were taken close to a slide that appears to have ripped last night, and slab movement occurred on a 30+ SE slo …
1326544200January 14, 2012 12:30pmTurnagain - Magnum & CornbiscuitAmazing day at Turnagain Pass in the sunshine (and shadows), despite the cold. Great to see so many folks getting after it! Skied two runs on Magnum S & SW facing back towards Superbowl. One ru …
1326540300January 14, 2012 11:25Turnagain - Eddies, Turnagain PassSkied NW face of Eddies today. Did not find the rime crust in our pit. Profile attached.
1326471749January 13, 2012 4:22pmSummit - Summit LakeThe photos show the recent activity in the Summit Lake area. Three naturals were observed yesterday with the late afternoon clearing. I was also able to propagate wind effected areas on convex terra …
1326463200January 13, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - LipsToured up Lips today with Forecaster Kevin Wright under clearing skies and 5degF temps at the truck. Found 6" new snow from Thurs, with some areas forming a slight wind skin transitioning into a win …
1326456000January 13, 2012 12:00pmTurnagain - Pete's NorthWe dug a pit about 2000' elevation on Pete's North, not quite to the highest trees (forgot the GPS, so elevation is estimated). Found two layers of what appeared to be buried surface hoar, approximat …
1326412800January 13, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Tincanmany obvious small windslabs on cornices and wind features, rollovers. Easy to trigger, light snow runs fast on steeper rollovers. A lot of variability in snow depths due to winds. Light steady breeze …
1326371400January 12, 2012 12:30pmSummit - Summit LakeSummit Lake observations: Observed no red flags on skin into pit location. Evidence of wind loading apparent, most noticeably on the west side of the valley. Dug a pit on a 38 degree slope on an as …
1326240000January 11, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Tincan TreesVery limited visibility today but did get an idea of how Turnagain Pass looks after yesterday's (Tuesday's) 100+ mph winds and around a foot of snow (~1" water). Many, but not all, of the Seattle rid …
1326117600January 9, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Gold pan/bertha cr.21 runs in gold pan yesterday. 1/9. No signs of instability. Lack of slab. Very good snow quality. Rime crust not so noticeable here. Seemed to be breaking down compared to previous day(1/8). Possib …
1326110400January 9, 2012 12:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain PassPoked around in the Seattle ridge area today to further investigate this rime crust (photos). We found it to be widespread on all aspects above ~1600 feet. Light density stellar crystals appear to be …
1326040223January 8, 2012 4:30pmTurnagain - EddiesSkied a few laps on Eddies - NW, N, and W facing on mellow terrain. Noticed the rime crust all over the mountain, but it was more evident on the N and W facing lines we skied where it was shallowly b …
1326038400January 8, 2012 4:00pmChugach State Park - 3rd and 4th Peaks, Rabbit Creek ValleySkied between 3rd and 4th peaks into Rabbit Creek Valley. Good snow until the wind kicked up. Temps 10 deg F, winds out of the north strong moving snow and filling in our uptrack. Kept the angle dow …
1326033000January 8, 2012 2:30pmTurnagain - SunburstOvernight a very thin (2-3mm) rime crust formed just 1-3cm below the surface in the new snow today (see photo below). It is present up to at least 3600' and likely to the tops of the ridges. This rime …
1326025800January 8, 2012 12:30pmTurnagain - TincanTouring up Tincan, noticed that a very thin crust had developed overnight. It was barely noticeable, and sat an inch or two under the surface. It felt like a melt crust, although the Sunburst weathe …
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