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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1301097600March 26, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle Creek - Main BowlThis is a cross-section of 16" of new snow sitting on the old snow at the crown of one of the natural avalanches in Main Bowl above Seattle Creek (see photo of slides in photo gallery). The arrow po …
1301097600March 26, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle Creek - Main BowlThese are two natural soft slab avalanches believed to run sometime at the tail end of Thursday's (3/24) storm. W facing, 2300' and around 30deg at crown then steepening quickly. Approximately 16-18" …
1301097600March 26, 2011 12:00Turnagain - TincanShooting crack from 3/26 above "hippy bowl" between Tincan Common and Tincan Proper. Whoomphing was also noted while skiers were traveling along the ridge.
1300893240March 23, 2011 3:14pmOutside of Advisory Area - CNFAIC OfficeThis is a test
1300838400March 23, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - RaggedtopVery hard, old windslab on top of well developed facets. Distinct area at the top of the facet layer was weakest. I expect these layers to become reactive given a big enough load on top. The slab i …
1300579200March 20, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Hatch Peak (Hatcher Pass area)This is the crown profile of the fatal Hatch Peak avalanche investigated the day after the slide.
1300579200March 20, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Hatch Peak (Hatcher Pass area)This is an approximation of the avalanche boundaries in the Hatch Peak avalanche accident.
1300492800March 19, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - ESE face of Hatch PeakThis avalanche is from outside our advisory area. March 19th, fatal human triggered avalanche on Hatch Peak, ESE facing. Estimated at 2-4' deep 200' wide running 1500', crown at ~4500' and 38deg with …
1300492800March 19, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Hatch PeakThis avalanche is from outside our advisory area. March 19th, fatal human triggered avalanche on Hatch Peak, ESE facing. Estimated at 2-4' deep 200' wide running 1500', crown at ~4500' and 38deg with …
1299888000March 12, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Turnagain PassThis photo is attempting to show how a typical starting zone in the Turnagain Pass area looks. This west facing slope has a combination of the Thanksgiving rain crust, a sun crust, hard wind slab and …
1299542400March 8, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - TincanI triggered this minor 'push-a-lanche' descending the south side of Tincan. Southerly facing slopes are getting quite saturated, especially below 2500'.
1299456000March 7, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle RidgeThese point release avalanches were initiated by solar radiation near rocky outcroppings on steep slopes. If enough snow is gathered on their way down the mountain, the possibility exists for a ste …
1299110400March 3, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle creek, Big ChiefNatural avalanche on the left, snowmachine triggered on the right. Happened on 2-25, 2-26. Weak layer was facets above the Thanksgiving rain crust.
1299024000March 2, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle Creek, WestThis snowmachine triggered avalanche (left) was triggered on Saturday, 2-26 during a day of strong wind. The trigger for the smaller avalanche is unknown.
1298937600March 1, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - RaggedtopThis large avalanche is likely a natural from the strong winds sometime between Feb 19th and 24th. SE facing at 4000' estimated at 400' wide and 1-4' deep. The crown is just visible under the ridge an …
1298851200February 28, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - February Wx Chart
1298764800February 27, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Silvertip creek, 2500 ft.Well developed facet chains found below the Nov. 22 rain crust at mid elevations. These extremely weak layers are responsible for many of this season's avalanches. The possibility of future avalanch …
1298764800February 27, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Silvertip, twintipThis D3 avalanche looks deceivingly small from the road. On closer investigation it has crown depths estimated at 8-10 feet. Vertical drop was over 3000 feet. Some broken trees found in the path we …
1298764800February 27, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Silvertip creek, Twin tipThis D3 avalanche looks deceivingly small from the road. On closer investigation it has crown depths estimated at 8-10 feet. Vertical drop was over 3000 feet. Some broken trees found in the path we …
1298678400February 26, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - FresnoThis is a great example of a wind slab which developed and released well off the ridgeline due to strong winds transporting snow further down the leeward slope. Winds are currently loading in photo as …
1298678400February 26, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - N. ridge Butch, SummitThis crown profile was low on a natural avalanche on a NE aspect. Many other naturals were seen in the region on all aspects from the recent wind event. The wind slabs at the ridge tops were clearly …
1298678400February 26, 2011 12:00Turnagain - Tincan
1298592000February 25, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Lipps N. FaceWind plume from south wind blowing across Lipps ridge. Measured gusts on Cornbiscuit at mid 30s.
1298592000February 25, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - MagnumRaised tracks after strong wind event. Produced by wind eroding the softest snow away from stronger tracked snow.
1298505600February 24, 2011 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tincan trees, N. of skin trackMost reactive layer, buried surface hoar at 119cm. Not very concerning at this location/elevation. Lots of faceted forms in the snowpack.
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