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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1353074400November 16, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - SunburstThis slide was noticed on our descent towards taylor pass from the sunburst weather station. It seems very likely that our party triggered this avalanche. This slide was either remotely triggered f …
1353024000November 16, 2012 12:00Turnagain - TincanBeautiful day on Tincan above the stratus with calm-light wind. Appeared to be some rimey, small sfc hoar below tree line. Obvious sfc hoar above, increasing in size slightly up to the ridge. Littl …
1353024000November 16, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Motorized side of Turnagain Pass 2282 ft.
1352725200November 12, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - United StatesToured up Eddie's today... arrived at the top of the alders near 1200' and dug a pit to find 40 cm of snow, with the buried surface hoar 20 cm down. Performed two compression tests on a 30 degree s …
1352725200November 12, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanLots of people touring up Tincan on this sunny and warm November day. From the base up to about 1800' there was a pretty stout but breakable rain crust with surface hoar growing on top. Above 1800' …
1352678400November 12, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Todd's Run, Tin CanThere were two tracks on the far right side of Todd's upon our arrival. We noticed a hard icy patch of snow at the top of the far left side of Todd's, but the snow was much softer around this area. …
1352678400November 12, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Photo below was taken from the road one day after the avalanche was triggered in Todd's run, Monday Nov 12th. Suspect weak layer is the October facets. NNW to N aspect at ~3500ft and ran 6-700 verti …
1352592000November 11, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Taylor Pass areaA quick look in the Taylor Pass area to see the extent of the snow and wind from the weekend as well as how the Oct facets are faring. Only 2-3 inches of wet snow fell around treeline that was beginn …
1352592000November 11, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Tincan CommonWe skied on the North West aspect of Tincan common and saw limited new avalanche activity. What activity we saw was mostly in wind deposited areas and near ridges. The pockets that released were sm …
1352561400November 10, 2012 3:30pmGirdwood - Raven GlacierAvalanche Report. 11.10.12. Raven Glacier Area. Summary: Skier triggered avalanche on a north facing aspect between the Raven and Milk Glaciers at approximately 4000 feet. Skiers were skinnin …
1352556000November 10, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - TincanStarted at the Tincan lot at noon in light rain with very light wind. From the lot to below Common bowl at ~2600' the snowpack is wet or moist to the ground. The Oct. facet layer is moist enough for …
1352552400November 10, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - United StatesHeaded up Tin Can and dug a test pit a few hundred yards north of the main skin track, on a 30 degree slope just below the last layer of the trees. The attached chart shows our findings. On the wa …
1352332800November 8, 2012 12:00Turnagain - TincanTook a quick trip up to the Tincan Ridge to get one more look at the snowpack before the Fri-Sun storm that is headed our way. The first image is a pretty busy picture of our snowpack as of Nov. 8th …
1352246400November 7, 2012 12:00Other Regions - Hatcher PassRoad patrol up to Hatcher Pass to install snow stake and look at early season snow. There is very little in HP at this time.
1352041200November 4, 2012 3:00pmTurnagain - SunburstFrequent cracking and whoomphing on Sunburst, and two natural avalanches released in the afternoon despite lack of wind or snow loading, the one in the photo at Taylor Pass, and another on on the sou …
1352039400November 4, 2012 2:30pmTurnagain - United StatesEasy to trigger these at rolls, but otherwise no collapsing/whoomphing noticed. Huge recent slide below Jerome's(?)...sorry no photos of that one.
1351944000November 3, 2012 12:00pmSummit - near mntbafound similar conditions to your recent advisory data on sat. found approx 7 to 8 " new at 2500 ft, appeared to come in upside down with wind transport 10/2 pm top 3 to 4 " soft breakable slab on top …
1351900800November 3, 2012 12:00Turnagain - United StatesI witnessed this skier triggered avalanche which ripped out on the convexity by the small patch of trees after only one turn. It propagated nearly 200 feet.
1351868400November 2, 2012 3:00pmOther Regions - PortageAvvy came down on us twice while climbing Dreams of Brown Moose in Portage. First run lasted about 30 seconds, no chunks, felt like very heavy spindrift. We began getting out of there as fast as p …
1351814400November 2, 2012 12:00Turnagain - TincanA quick trip to the Tincan ridge. 3 inches of new snow from Halloween night had fallen. Many chutes and gullies, as well as a rocky slope on the west shoulder of Tincan sluffed. The pack continues t …
1351504800October 29, 2012 10:00Turnagain - Girdwood Valley and Turnagain PassBelow are a few photos of the old snow that has been sitting around and faceting under the past weeks of high pressure... The snow has lost so much cohesion and become so weak that we have seen fac …
1351468800October 29, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Turnagain Pass - road viewsA look at a few of the most popular slopes to recreate on at Turnagain Pass. 0-16" of old weak snow covers most of the landscape. Some old stiff wind slabs sit near ridgelines and gullies.
1351422000October 28, 2012 11:00Summit - Summit LakeBetter hiking than skiing. 25cm of snow completely faceted snow on Manitoba with 4-6 cm surface hoar on top (above trees), 8-15 cm surface below treeline. Interesting start to the season.
1351346400October 27, 2012 2:00pmOther Regions - Hope area1-3 inches of surface hoar just about everywhere and at all elevations. We ended up climbing almost to the top of one of the prominent peaks in the area and skiing a 1000ft or so couloir with pitche …
1351339200October 27, 2012 12:00pmTurnagain - Tincan Common/ ProperWe went skiing on Saturday October 27th. Made it to Tincan Proper and was able to safely ski a full line but there was a variable snow depth in places, definetely a little rocky in some places. On …
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