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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1327276800January 23, 2012 12:00Turnagain - tincan treesToured up tincan around noonish. Knee deep off the skintrack. Two feet or more everywhere. Crazy deep--too much snow for the mellow pitches and too deep to feel confident getting on anything big …
1327255200January 22, 2012 6:00pmTurnagain - EddiesObserved wide spread cracking within the storm snow layer at Eddies with L2.
1327248000January 22, 2012 4:00pmTurnagain - Gods Country- lower PyramidBetween noon and 2pm it was snowing at least 2-3 inches per hr. During this time as we went up to do our 2nd run, we observed widespread crack propagation both sideways and uphill. This coincided wit …
1327244400January 22, 2012 3:00pmTurnagain - Placer ValleyMotorized Observer Training with the Forecasters Drove to Turnagain Pass in the morning to find heavy snowfall (approx. 2"/hr.) and very poor visibility. Temps approx +9F at the car. Drove back do …
1327240800January 22, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Placer Valley and Turnagain PassHere are a few pictures of RED FLAGS seen yesterday. Widespread cracking and collapsing mainly in the new storm snow just above the old snow surface. However, there are weaknesses at the new/old snow …
1327240800January 22, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Lower LippsWe were able to ski cut soft slabs on the most wind affected aspects (generally south facing). This was on the old/new snow interface. Minor propagation, but enough obvious wind effect that we staye …
1327226400January 22, 2012 10:00Turnagain - TincanSkied and early run on Tincan today, maybe 8 inches of new snow at the bottom with a bit more up around treeline. Winds were light down low and moderate at treeline and seemed to be increasing thro …
1327156200January 21, 2012 2:30pmTurnagain - Corn BiscuitAhead of the new snow forecast for Sunday (1/22), we have been mapping out the general surface conditions to help predict how well any new snow will bond, as well as existing snow that is available fo …
1327064400January 20, 2012 1:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Big LeagueOne natural HS-D1 observed in an unusual location on apron beneath Big League. We assumed it was related to compaction from sluffing off the steep face above until we triggered one of our own while …
1327059000January 20, 2012 11:30Girdwood/Portage - Big League AreaA group of us toured up Max's headed for the Big League area today. We experience wind effected snow in a number of places in the Big League Basin. On our way up into the upper basin I caused a sma …
1326891600January 18, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - LippsWent up to Lipps and and skied the south side of the ridge. Snow was consistently sugary top to bottom, with a little surface hoar low down. Saw a single human-triggered sluff slide on the south asp …
1326726480January 16, 2012 3:08pmSummit - near manitobaFound some >1" surface hoar on a protected northeasten aspect near manitoba 1/16 no other remarkable conditions other than the blower cold $moke!
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.
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