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Individuals may have widely differing perceptions, for a given location, date, and time, of the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, of avalanche hazards, and of skiing or snowboarding conditions. The hazards and conditions reported in an observation can change rapidly. In addition, individuals can differ greatly in both their perception of objective hazards and their acceptance of the risk to personal safety of these hazards.

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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1290384000November 22, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Library-Tincan RidgeThis is a photo of the south facing ridge between Tincan and Kickstep called the Library. An astounding number of newly formed glide cracks are visible from the highway.
1290384000November 22, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SunburstNew glide cracks forming on the south face of Sunburst.
1290384000November 22, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle RidgeSaw these fresh glide avalanches today just to the south of the traditional snowmachine uptrack.
1290211200November 20, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Goat Mountain-Girdwood ValleyBand of glide avalanches in the upper Girdwood Valley around 2700 feet elevation.
1290124800November 19, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Girdwood ValleyGreat photo of the numerous glide cracks and glide avalanches in the Girdwood Valley. (Photo edited by Andy Dietrick)
1289952000November 17, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle RidgeLots of wind effected surface snow along Seattle Ridge.
1289865600November 16, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Lips approach, 2200 ft.Snow profile at 2200 feet. This pit profile is typical of much of Turnagain right now. Mid and lower depths have surprisingly little of interest for early season. The recent wind slab at the surfac …
1289865600November 16, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - CornbiscuitWe noticed these on the South face of Cornbiscuit. Take note of the ski tracks for scale.
1289779200November 15, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tincan South FaceThis is a good example of how widespread the glide activity is right now. Full depth cracks and occasional avalanches are found on nearly every peak.
1289779200November 15, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Sunnyside
1289779200November 15, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - TincanMore glide cracks in the Tincan trees.
1289606400November 13, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Superbowl PeakSkier triggered avalanche on Superbowl Peak. The slide ran 800 feet down into the bowl and measured 60-80 feet wide with a crown face of 1.5 to 2 feet deep. The skier most likely triggered it dire …
1289606400November 13, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Backside of WolverineNatural avalanches on the backside of Wolverine (east aspect 2000 feet) that most likely happened Friday November 12.
1289433600November 11, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Fresno Ridge- 1950 ftA layer of buried surface hoar is in the Summit Lake area on several aspects and was found up to 3200 ft, and is potentially even higher up. Be critical of the snow you are travelling on, because t …
1289347200November 10, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle RidgeThis pit was dug near Repeat Offender and the snowmachine up- track to Seattle Ridge. The buried crusts will potentially become a problem for the stability in the near future. More information gathe …
1289260800November 9, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Kern, Above Seward HighwayThis glide avalanche occurred between 11-8 and 11-9 above the Seward Highway near Kern creek. We noticed at least 6 distinct areas with glide avalanches on all aspects. These full depth avalanches a …
1289260800November 9, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - PyramidKevin and I saw these recent glide avalanches on the east side of Pyramid. You can also see numerous natural slab avalanches on the far left of the picture right next to the glide avalanche.
1289260800November 9, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SunburstNo surprises here...great start to the season! I dug another pit higher up at 3000 feet on a SW aspect and found about 6 inches of melt-freeze grains at the bottom of the snowpack next to the grou …
1272067200April 24, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Skookum ValleyImpressive natural avalanches on the southwest slopes of the Skookum Valley with towering debis piles on the valley floor. Saw these today while crust skiing to the glacier.
1270857600April 10, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - EddiesThis large glide crack on the south face of Eddies avalanched sometime today. Two other glide cracks avalanched today as well, one on the south face of Shark Fin and another on a west aspect in th …
1270771200April 9, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Pete's NorthSki-cutting on the north chutes of Pete's North resulted in four small to medium sized avalanches. The biggest one was 40 feet wide, 18 inches deep, and 900 feet long. They were all recently forme …
1270684800April 8, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - MoniesAvalanche reduction work on the "Monies" on 4/8/2010 found some deeper slab instabilities with trigger points near the bottom of rock bands. This avalanche was triggered with a standard shot that cou …
1270684800April 8, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Moose MountainThis medium sized slab avalanche broke free sometime between April 3rd and April 8th, but we are unable to confirm exactly when. This avalanche likely broke down to a crust about a foot deep, but w …
1270598400April 7, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - TincanThis small glide crack most likely failed Wednesday April 7. We have been seeing full depth releases and glide cracks over the past week. Avoid traveling underneath or near any of these crack like fe …
1270512000April 6, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SunburstSSW aspect at 2100 feet. 16 inches new snow in the last 48 hours...came in right side up. 7 different suncrusts in the top 4 feet of the snowpack. Slushy wet grains sandwiched in between crusts …
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