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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1359216000January 26, 2013 4:00pmSummit - United StatesToured up Manitoba today, skiing from near the top, down the SW bowl. While winds were transporting snow from nearby mountain tops, the bowl was relatively protected, with variable S to SW winds ar …
1359158400January 26, 2013 12:00Turnagain - Pastoral / Sunburst / TincanWeather: The deep freeze has set in. Minus single digits from the parking lot to Pastoral to Sunburst. The sun was out in full force but the westerly winds were relentless. Red flags: Wind loading. W …
1359124200January 25, 2013 2:30pmSummit - North SummitAn old fracture observed 1/25/13 prior to wind event.
1358985600January 24, 2013 12:00Turnagain - SunburstField Observations Sunburst January 24, 2013 Recent Avalanches-yes. Isolated pockets on Tincan Ridge. See photos. 1 Natural avalanche: SS-NC?-D1-R1. This avalanche was photographed from Sunburst …
1358726400January 21, 2013 12:00Turnagain - Magnum West FaceSeveral small wet loose avalanches were seen in the Turnagain Pass area today. We also had reports of larger wet loose avalanches on the east face of Pyramid Peak and wet slabs on the northern side of …
1358691600January 20, 2013 2:20pmSummit - Manitoba MtnTest pit dug on 1/20/13 with snow falling at 2 cm/hour. 23 cm facet layer at base in process of retrograding to rounds. ECTP24 at base of recent snow that fell over past several days. Attached photo …
1358688600January 20, 2013 1:30pmOther Regions - Lost Lake 'back valleys' towards Snug HarborNo recent avalanche activity observed. One old avalanche on south aspect with a very long runout seen. 6-10" of new snow on hard base. Total depth highly variable depending on wind exposure. Deepe …
1358607600January 19, 2013 3:00pmTurnagain - Magnum - PMS BowlWeather conditions: Overcast skies, snowing lightly by the afternoon. Temperatures warming to the teens and wind blowing moderate from the NE on the ridgeline transporting snow and loading SW slopes …
1358604000January 19, 2013 2:00pmTurnagain - Pete's NorthObserver: M. Johnson Location: Pete's North Date: 20130119 Weather: temps were mild in the 20's. Visibility was moderate, deteriorating throughout the day. It was lightly snowing all day, slowly i …
1358467200January 18, 2013 12:00Turnagain - Seattle RidgeWeather: Partly cloudy skies (mostly alto-cumulus) with chilly temperatures (10-15F) and calm wind. Snow surface conditions: There is around 2-4" of low density snow from January 16th on the surfac …
1358380800January 17, 2013 12:00Turnagain - Pete's NorthPete's North Field Observations January 17, 2013 No Recent Avalanches (good visibility) No Collapsing/Whoompfing Very small shooting cracks above treeline (~6ft) Surface Observations Variable with e …
1358251200January 15, 2013 12:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst, 2300 feetThis pit was dug in a shallow area. Most of the southern aspect on the Sunburst approach is more than twice as deep as this pit. The facets near the ground are still very weak, loose, and relative …
1358251200January 15, 2013 12:00pmTurnagain - Lynx creek, Alpenglow peakHere's another shot of the large avalanche in Lynx creek drainage. This is primarily north facing at the back of the valley, but slopes facing east and west avalanched during the storm. Notice the …
1358193600January 14, 2013 8:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain PassBelow are a few photos from the road on Turnagain Pass of the avalanche activity over the weekend. The most impressive by far (in the Turnagain zone) is the very large full depth avalanche occurrin …
1358172000January 14, 2013 2:00pmGirdwood - Seward Highway - Gird Flats - MP 90-95Alaska DOT crews continued to work along the Seward Highway today conducting avalanche hazard reduction work. Check out the great video below put together by John Fitzgerald and photos courtesy of A …
1358164800January 14, 2013 12:00pmTurnagain - Public observation compiled by CNFAIC (Wendy Wagner): Below are two photos taken by a motorist just leaving Girdwood heading to Anchorage who witnessed a powder cloud near MP 94 while the road was op …
1358107200January 13, 2013 8:00pmGirdwood - Bird Flats - Seward Highway MP 96-99Video below of AK DOT crews conduction avalanche hazard reduction work along the Seward Highway. This is the Bird Flats area - mile post 96-99. The final frames of the saturated "lava" like debris f …
1358035200January 13, 2013 12:00Turnagain - Tincan TreesField Obs 1/13/2013 Tincan Trees No Recent Avalanches (very poor visibility) No Collapsing No Shooting Cracks Test Pit @ 2400' HS= 200cm ECTP 12, 30 cm down on hardness change Current Problems: T …
1358002800January 12, 2013 3:00pmSummit - Fresno CreekToured back into Fresno Creek along the summer trail. Trespass snowmachine activity along powerline. No Whomping, collapse or cracking in the snowpack seen. 6 to 8 inches of fresh snow, barely snowi …
1357993800January 12, 2013 12:30pmTurnagain - SkiingWe skied on Pete's North today. We dug a pit at 2100' on a N aspect. We found very similar results to your tests in silvertip creek yesterday. At this site there was 205 cm total snow depth. The slab …
1357909200January 11, 2013 1:00pmTurnagain - Silvertip creek, Twin tip regionWe dug in on this east facing slope at 1800 feet. Total height of the snow was 150 cm (5 feet). In general the snowpack is hard and strong with the exception of the base 25cm at the ground and the p …
1357848000January 10, 2013 8:00pmTurnagain - SuburstWe headed over to Sunburst today to take a look at the facets near the ground above treeline. They are well developed (2-3mm), dry and weak. See pit photo. In this area they are still just as loose …
1357772400January 9, 2013 11:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge - Repeat OffenderA few more pictures and video of the Seattle Ridge, Repeat Offender, avalanche on January 8th. Official write up in a previous observation from January 9th.
1357761600January 9, 2013 8:00pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgePhoto of Snowmachine triggered avalanche from January 8, 2013
1357758000January 9, 2013 7:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Creek/Main BowlSeattle Creek Natural Avalanche January 8, 2013 HS-N-D3-R3-O/G Start Zone Elevation: 2000' Toe of Debris Elevation: 1400' Vertical Fall of debris: 600' Crown Width: 300' Crown Height/Depth: 2-6' E …
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