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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1331477400March 11, 2012 2:50pmSummit - Butch Ridge, Summit LakeObserved sastrugi and wind loading at higher elevations. Also, a sun crust has begun to develop on the snow surface.
1331476200March 11, 2012 2:30pmGirdwood/Portage - Penguin Ridge 2200 ftLocation:Penguin Ridge Region: Girdwood Date: Mar 11th, 2012 Observer:Public Observation Description: Did a tour up Penguin Ridge from Fly Fishing Lane in Girdwood yesterday. Ended the ascent around …
1331474400March 11, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass and just south of the PassIn anticipation of the next snow/wind event we are mapping the snow surface for future weak layers. The first photo shows layering in the top foot of snow on a southerly slope on Sunburst. There is a …
1331470800March 11, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - Skookum GlacierWhile taking a breaking in the high bowl at Skookum Glacier looking down onto the Glacier I witnessed a natural avalanche that ran down a gut and out onto the flats. There were sled tracks around …
1331395200March 10, 2012 4:00pmTurnagain - twin peaks areaSkied the apron facing twin peaks (head towards twins peaks bang a left, follow up ridge). Skinned up ridge. Lots of cornices. The top, i was hiking back and fell in a hole. I caught myself but …
1331385900March 10, 2012 1:25pmGirdwood/Portage - Glacier Gulch in Crow CreekObserved recent sluffs on steeper ground on south and southwest aspects at higher elevations. Most started near rocks perhaps by sun loosened drops from the rocks. All A few days old.
1331380800March 10, 2012 12:00pmTurnagain - United StatesBefore skiing the south side of Cornbiscuit today, dug a 145cm deep snow pit to look at layers and perform compression tests. A chart is attached. Right side up snowpack, and the compression test r …
1331373600March 10, 2012 10:00Outside of Advisory Area - Carter/Crescent Lake, 3800' NE aspect MadsonTraveled up Carter Lake Trail to check on cabins and to see what that area looked like. Lots of 1-2 day old avalanches out of steep terrain gullies and off of rock bands some D-2 but generally simi …
1331296200March 9, 2012 12:30pmSummit - North GilpatrickToday we climbed up to about 2500 feet on North Gilpatrick under clear and sunny skies, calm winds, and temperatures in the mid twenties. We saw one small shallow slab (photo) that pulled out recent …
1331130600March 7, 2012 2:30pmTurnagain - Skookum DrainageWe were on the southside of Skookum Drainage on a north aspect and a glide crack broke to the dirt. It was about 150 or so yards wide and about 200 yards long down to dirt. There was huge snow chunk …
1331125200March 7, 2012 1:00pmGirdwood/Portage - max mtnToured up Max's on Wed 3/7. Had skied there Sun 3/4 and noticed a natural slab avalanche (40 feet across with a 2' crown) on an small isolated WNW 38 degree rollover at 2600 feet. Two of us jumped …
1330876800March 4, 2012 4:00pmSummit - Summit Lake areaMarch 2,3,4 in Summit Lake area: Avalanche Activity observed March 4: multiple loose snow avalanches to D2 on steep solar effected aspects to about 4500'. One fresh natural size 2 slab avalanche acros …
1330876800March 4, 2012 4:00pmTurnagain - Cornbiscuit South FacePhotos showing south facing human triggered and natural sluffs in Turnagain Pass.
1330869600March 4, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain PassPlenty of dry human triggered sluffs today with a couple fresh wind slabs in areas near Turnagain arm that saw moderate wind in last 24 hours. The sun didn't seem to really cook until later in the a …
1330869600March 4, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst & PastoralSkied a couple south facing runs down Sunburst as well as a NE facing run down Pastoral from the top under clear skies with calm winds (except for near Pastoral where they were much stronger but still …
1330862400March 4, 2012 12:00pmTurnagain - Pete's South West RidgeSunday 3/4, got a 10:30 am start in bright sun from The Johnson Pass Lot and headed up the direct route West Route on Petes South with the sound of helicopters buzzing in the valley. On the ascent …
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 …
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