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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
1320710400November 8, 2011 12:00Turnagain - see textTour information- sunburst parking lot to sunburst summit skied down, taylor creek to taylor pass-Pastoral-skied SW chutes-skinned up cornbiscuit S ridge-top of Super bowl-skied down the corner pock …
1320537600November 6, 2011 12:00Turnagain - SunburstChecked out the Glide avalanche on south facing Sunburst today. Released sometime during the morning - Sunday, Nov 6th. ~50' wide running ~ 400', south facing. 1 meter crown (3 foot). Running on slic …
1319812200October 28, 2011 2:30pmOutside of Advisory Area - Mt. AscensionWe skied up to Mt. Ascension on 10/28/2011. As we were about 200 verticle feet from the top of the mountain, an avalanache broke loose about 50 feet above us. The avalanche was about 3-4 feet dee …
1319799600October 28, 2011 11:00Outside of Advisory Area - Hatcher Pass, north side of $1000 run; below HatchElevation: 4000' Aspect: N Slope Angle: 35+ Remarks: I witnessed a skier triggered avalanche (after the fact) as we skinned up the HP road. Below Hatch Pk, and on the north side of $1000 run there …
1319587200October 26, 2011 12:00Turnagain - TincanHey guys, Skied laps on Tincan Common. I dug around 2500ft. approx: 250cm HS. We enjoyed high quality skiing to approx: 1500. The storm snow was right side up, uncohesive and low energy. There was …
1319382000October 23, 2011 3:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - SewardJust thought I'd send some photos of where the snowline is at for the Lost Lake area.
1317513600October 2, 2011 12:00Chugach State Park - Ptarmigan PeakThis photo was taken the following morning (see photo below)as we woke to 20-30" of storm snow. Notice the wet slab that settled to within feet of this tent! WS-N-R2-D2-S.
1317427200October 1, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Ptarmigan PeakHiked into Rabbit Lake for one last overnight trip before Winter. Little did we know, Winter would be showing up in a matter of hours...
1317340800September 30, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Rendezvous PeakOn the way up to install the new weather station the four of us, and 4 dogs, encountered a Platoon from JBER who was doing mountain recon training. We made it through the platoon without any casualtie …
1317340800September 30, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Rendezvous PeakWe all owe Crane Johnson a debt of gratitude. He has been the guiding force behind the Friends network of weather stations. Crane has recently stepped down as one of the Friends Directors but will con …
1316044800September 15, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Harp MtnDown go the pieces of Harp Weather station.
1314835200September 1, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Anchorage2011 Fall Fund Raiser at Bear Tooth Theare Pub Canadian Ski mountaineer and author Chic Scott will be the featured speaker. There will also be a silent auction, Friends swag for sale as well as th …
1304121600April 30, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Center Ridge SNOTELSNOW DEPTH - Roughly 60% of last year and 80% of the long term average. This SNOTEL is at 1880' on Center Ridge.
1303776000April 26, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Bard PeakIf you look carefully wet slab avalanches have released around most of the mountain. There are also crowns near the top. These slides are thought to have occurred between the afternoon of April 26th a …
1303776000April 26, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Skookum ValleyThis photo shows various wet loose point release avalanches off the rocks and ridges. It also shows wet slab avalanches lower on the slope on the convex rollovers. Aspects ranging from south to west w …
1303689600April 25, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Magnum - Turnagain PassThis wet slab looks to have been triggered by rollerballing or a small wet sluff riding onto the slab. West facing around 2500'. It released either on Monday(4/25) or Tuesday(4/26).
1303603200April 24, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle Ridge - SunnysideNatural wet slab avalanche. East facing ~2300', 300-400' wide. Looks to have failed near the ground and eroded to the ground easily as the heavy wet snow slide down the slope.
1303516800April 23, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Mile 53This large wet slab avalanche released naturally around April 23rd. It was over 500' wide, estimated at 2-8' deep with the wet debris running over 2000'
1303516800April 23, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - EducationIsothermal: When all layers of the snowpack are at the same temperature, usually the freezing point. Often refers to a snowpack that is wet throughout its depth.
1303171200April 19, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Bird RidgeThis is a photo of the fatal wet snow avalanche that entrained a person while glissading down a slope. Details about this accident are provided by AMRG and can be found on our accidents page.
1302912000April 16, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - April Weather Chart
1302825600April 15, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - TincanThis is a relatively small glide avalanche on the south face of tincan ridge. Thought to have released on April 14th or 15th.
1302825600April 15, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Turnagain PassThis is one example of a few smaller wind slabs that were intentionally triggered on north aspects between 3000' and 4000'. Underneath was .5-1cm surface hoar. These were not widespread and more pocke …
1302739200April 14, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Lynx CreekThis is a picture (marginal quality) of several avalanches that are suspected to have slid close to the same time on Thursday April 14th. This was during, or after, around 10" or more of snow fell tha …
1302566400April 12, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle RidgeThis wet slab avalanche failed at 2:00pm on 4/12 due to solar heating of the snow on this SE facing slope. It started off as a point release near some exposed earth, quickly gaining more snow as it …
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