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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1263772800January 18, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SunburstNumerous hand pits jive with what I found in this pit at about 2800' on the Western aspect of Sunburst. Some interesting points I've been finding in my pits lately is that the new snow does not ap …
1263772800January 18, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - TincanThese small avalanches were triggered by skiers and/or snowboarders at about 2800' on Tincan on Monday Jan 18 2010. According to one of the Avalanche Center's observers, these small avalanches we …
1263254400January 12, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Repeat Offender Seattle RidgeThe rain crust that formed Thursday Jan 7 has turned into a very slippery bed surface that extends up to 3000'. We we not able to snowmachine up Seattle Ridge because it was too slippery; so, we …
1263254400January 12, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - TincanThis snowpit was at 2000 feet elevation on a west aspect of Tincan. 6-8 inches of new light density snow fell overnight. Underneath the fluff was all sorts of ugliness....5 different rain crusts, …
1263081600January 10, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - MagnumThis pit was dug at about 3200' on the SW aspect of Magnum. It was slightly above the extent of the rain crust that appears to be as high as about 2800'. The most remarkable thing about this pit …
1262908800January 8, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Sunburst Ridge, Turnagain Pass
1262649600January 5, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - EddiesThis glide crack avalanche at about 2800' was observed on Tuesday Jan 5. We are not sure of the exact date that it avalanched. We think it might have avalanched sometime on Monday, since it snowe …
1262390400January 2, 2010 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - CornbiscuitNot much reactivity in the buried surface hoar 1.5 feet down. Nasty crusts and near-surface facets in the top 12 inches. 5mm surface hoar on top up to 2000 feet elevation.
1262131200December 30, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Sunburst
1262044800December 29, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tincan Ridge (Southern Aspect)Here is another photo of the cornice release. Read the info in the other photo for more information.
1261872000December 27, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tenderfoot Ridge-Summit Lake
1261612800December 24, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Sunburst-Observed large avalanche on Wolverine and several small avalanches below 1500ft on steep convex slopes within forested areas. -Wide spread collapsing from parking lot to around 1500ft. I was able …
1261440000December 22, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - EddiesA party of skiers was able to trigger a small avalanche on the buried surface hoar below 1200' elevation on Eddies. It was buried 1-2 feet deep with some old low density snow on top and then the n …
1261353600December 21, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - MagnumSaw this natural avalanche today on the NW shoulder of Magnum at about 2300 feet elevation. Not sure when it happened, but the winds today were roaring out of the east transporting loads of snow. …
1261267200December 20, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tenderfoot Ridge-Old Ski Hill
1261180800December 19, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Manitoba-Summit Lake
1260403200December 10, 2009 12:00Turnagain - Lips SW Aspect
1260403200December 10, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Lipps
1260316800December 9, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle RidgeCarl and I went up Seattle Ridge and dug this pit on a direct southern aspect that was getting cooked in the sun. The location was at about 3000' on the Seward Hwy side of Seattle Ridge directly a …
1260144000December 7, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Repeat OffenderThe slope above the traditional snowmachine up track to Seattle Ridge is called Repeat Offender. The most remarkable thing about this snow pit was the temperatures near the surface. The air temper …
1260057600December 6, 2009 12:00Turnagain - TincanThis photo was taken back a ways on Center Ridge looking up at Tincan. The avalanche probably happened during the 12/1 storm or possibly during the high winds on 12/5.
1260057600December 6, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Sunburst
1259971200December 5, 2009 12:00Summit - Puluki BowlThis south facing bowl avalanched 12/1 or 12/2 during the height of the storm. It obviously failed on the facets near the ground and propagated 900 feet across. The crown face averaged 2 feet dee …
1259971200December 5, 2009 12:00Summit - Raven's RidgeThis avalanche released on 12/1 or 12/2 on a S/SW aspect of Raven's Ridge in the Summit Lake area. It propagated about 600 feet down the ridge and failed at the ground.
1259971200December 5, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - TincanThese medium sized Class 2 natural avalanches probably happened on Tuesday Dec. 1 or Wednesday Dec. 2. Judging from the exposed rocks on the bed surface, they most likely failed on the facets near …
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