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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1331296200March 9, 2012 12:30pmSummit - North GilpatrickToday we climbed up to about 2500 feet on North Gilpatrick under clear and sunny skies, calm winds, and temperatures in the mid twenties. We saw one small shallow slab (photo) that pulled out recent …
1331130600March 7, 2012 2:30pmTurnagain - Skookum DrainageWe were on the southside of Skookum Drainage on a north aspect and a glide crack broke to the dirt. It was about 150 or so yards wide and about 200 yards long down to dirt. There was huge snow chunk …
1331125200March 7, 2012 1:00pmGirdwood - max mtnToured up Max's on Wed 3/7. Had skied there Sun 3/4 and noticed a natural slab avalanche (40 feet across with a 2' crown) on an small isolated WNW 38 degree rollover at 2600 feet. Two of us jumped …
1330876800March 4, 2012 4:00pmSummit - Summit Lake areaMarch 2,3,4 in Summit Lake area: Avalanche Activity observed March 4: multiple loose snow avalanches to D2 on steep solar effected aspects to about 4500'. One fresh natural size 2 slab avalanche acros …
1330876800March 4, 2012 4:00pmTurnagain - Cornbiscuit South FacePhotos showing south facing human triggered and natural sluffs in Turnagain Pass.
1330869600March 4, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain PassPlenty of dry human triggered sluffs today with a couple fresh wind slabs in areas near Turnagain arm that saw moderate wind in last 24 hours. The sun didn't seem to really cook until later in the a …
1330869600March 4, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst & PastoralSkied a couple south facing runs down Sunburst as well as a NE facing run down Pastoral from the top under clear skies with calm winds (except for near Pastoral where they were much stronger but still …
1330862400March 4, 2012 12:00pmTurnagain - Pete's South West RidgeSunday 3/4, got a 10:30 am start in bright sun from The Johnson Pass Lot and headed up the direct route West Route on Petes South with the sound of helicopters buzzing in the valley. On the ascent …
1330783200March 3, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Magnum RidgeForecast mentioned sunny breaks and that's exactly what we found along the Magnum ridge back towards Superbowl today. The sucker hole graced us with excellent vis for enjoying some sublime Chugach po …
1330646400March 2, 2012 12:00Summit - Toured up Tenderfoot today under mostly sunny skies with calm winds and temps near freezing. First pit was at 2.5K a 30 degree, west-facing slope, where the total snowpack depth was 280 cm. We fou …
1330603200March 1, 2012 12:00pmGirdwood - RaggedtopSkinned up to the ridge on raggey bowl and poked out onto a ese slope, thinking about skiing back down to the road. We were at 2500' ESE aspect, and down from the ridge on a 30-35deg slope. I planne …
1330560000March 1, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Petes SouthCalm day with very light snow falling on Petes South. Winds on the top of the ridge were light with moderate gusts from the northeast and transporting snow in places along the ridgeline. One skier tr …
1330448400February 28, 2012 5:00pmOther Regions - North Fork of the Snow RiverThe southern Kenai Mountains are showing some signs of instability with the new snow old snow interface. The photo shows the large propagation in committing terrain. Resurrection Peaks also displaye …
1330387200February 28, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Corn BiscuitFun day to see a lot in the snow. Wx obs: Around 30-40cm of nice low density powder from the Sun/Mon storm. Skies mostly sunny with a mid-level cloud. Very light winds from the east. Snow/Avalanche …
1330214400February 26, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Corn BiscuitWe toured up Corn Biscuit today and found around 6" of new, medium density snow on top of the loose power and stellar crystals from the past few days. Winds were redistributing the snow near, and slig …
1330195174February 25, 2012 6:39pmTurnagain - GoldpanThese are images of the cornice break on Goldpan. The first photo was shot from the top of Cornbiscuit at 1:21 pm. Note the rocks on (climbers) left and the ski tracks for reference. The second sho …
1330180200February 25, 2012 2:30pmTurnagain - Gold PanWe observed a large cornice break in the Gold Pan bowl. Not sure if it was human triggered, as there was someone on the ridge, but out of view from Wolf Run, that we saw emerge later on the top of the …
1330154667February 25, 2012 7:24Summit - John Mt Summit LakeHere is another picture of the slide at John Mt Summit Lake looking down hill towards the Seward Highway MP 41. The Red line marks the debris edge at the bottom. Very wide with some broken trees …
1330119000February 24, 2012 9:30pmSummit - John Mt (Summit Lake)Today we checked out a recent avalanche on the west face of Mount John south of Summit Lake (see photos). We think this released sometime on Wednesday (2/22). This was a hard slab (blocky debris P …
1330079400February 24, 2012 10:30Other Regions - This avalanche had a good 4,000' vertical run. The crown is at 5,000', the bench in the middle is ~3,200, and the debris made it down the next rollover and down to 800'.
1330071300February 24, 2012 8:15Other Regions - This crown wrapped around the corner. It was starting to fill in from blowing snow, probably several days old.
1329910200February 22, 2012 11:30Turnagain - Seattle CreekRight side up snow pack with 10cms of fist on top of increasing density snow with depth. Cornice falls were seen in Warm-up Bowl and Widow maker. Both Cornice falls are west facing and appeared to h …
1329568916February 18, 2012 12:41pmSummit - TenderfootSkiing and snow science at Tenderfoot. Started the day at ~1030 with thinly overcast sky, no precip, and light winds at trailhead. At ~1130 sky was getting more obscured, it was flurrying, and the w …
1329566400February 18, 2012 12:00pmSummit - Summit Lake RegionSpent three days this past week skiing in the Summit Lake region. Tuesday (2-14) Up Tenderfoot Ridge and up to the top of Peak 4790 under partly cloudy skies with winds increasing to 20-30 mph as th …
1329523200February 18, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Pete's North RidgelineMostly obscured skies covered Turnagain today with 1-2 inches of snow. Wind was blowing in the annoying range above treeline and affecting the slopes. Wind loading off the ridgeline was prevalent but …
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