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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1328400000February 5, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Tincan TreesToday we left the Tincan parking lot and initially found an inverted snowpack with warmer, dense snow sitting on top of the cold, blower powder. Air and snow surface temperatures were just around f …
1328373000February 4, 2012 4:30pmTurnagain - Summit LakeToday we drove to Summit Lake and took note of the recent avalanche activity. We spotted several crowns located in wind loaded pockets. By the looks of it, these slides likely ran a day or two ag …
1328371680February 4, 2012 4:08pmSummit - near manitobamany visible clues for b.c. sleuths today....noted slab releases on various elevations and aspects, the largest ss3, many crowns and run outs were covered with more storm snow and wind loading...slide …
1328369400February 4, 2012 3:30pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass South of Motorized LotNo obvious instability signs all day....just deep pow in the valley floor. The release zone appeared wind scoured although we weren't about to go up and investigate. Live and be free...thats my mot …
1328365348February 4, 2012 2:22pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass/Six Mile valleynoticeable pattern of soft slab releases at approx. 2200-2400' elevation on the West side of T. Pass down to the Hope junction and continuing on the East side of Six Mile Creek valley. A large R4/ …
1328313600February 4, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Turnagain PassWidespread natural avalanche activity occurred during the last three days of heavy snowfall and high wind. Many of these slides are now snowed or blown over and hard to identify. The scene today was m …
1328313600February 4, 2012 12:00Chugach State Park - Canyon Road, AnchorageWent up towards peak 2 & 3. Cracking all over the place. Wind loaded areas on slopes only about 15-20 degrees on the approach had enough energy to pop out a bit, but not move more than that. Tu …
1328274000February 3, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanDEEP SNOW! We broke trail up Tincan around noon on Friday. My 125mm waist skis were still trenching thigh deep in the new snow. Without skis on I suck belly button deep. We made it as far as tree …
1328140800February 2, 2012 12:00Turnagain - January Weather Chart for Turnagain PassFor a higher resolution version click HERE.
1328054400February 1, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Tincan TreesAround 12-14" of medium density snow had fallen as of 3pm Feb. 1st (today). Snowfall rates on Turnagain Pass, and up to 2500', were 2-3" per hour during the afternoon and were not showing any signs of …
1328054400February 1, 2012 12:00Chugach State Park - Front Range above AnchorageReport from the Chugach front range this afternoon. Just returned from hike above golden view. Major winds and wind loading - east to southeast winds gusting to 80? Suspect slab avalanches on flattop, …
1328011512January 31, 2012 12:05pmTurnagain - Eddie'sI've been skiing Eddie's for 15 years. I think the "tree bomb" potential is the biggest I've ever seen. Once the wind picks up, those bombs look like they would weigh 50+ pounds. The lower trail th …
1327937400January 30, 2012 3:30pmTurnagain - Sunburst RidgeFollowed a well-worn skin track up Sunburst Ridge today. Spent a good amount of time looking for the new surface hoar that was reported over the last couple of days and fortunately could not find a …
1327845600January 29, 2012 2:00pmGirdwood - Berg Peak, Kern/Winner Creek DivideSkied on Berg Peak along the Kern/Winner divide today. The skiing was good on the S and W aspects, although generally a bit slabbier than Turnagain was yesterday. 10-40cm slabs were present on all but …
1327845600January 29, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - seattle creekSaw this glide crack at the base of main bowl while skiing in Seattle Creek. It looked fresh within the last two days as the dirt is still showing. It ran all the way to the valley floor. While skiin …
1327833000January 29, 2012 10:30Girdwood - Kern CreekWe skied in Kern Creek today. We had one large collapse. It was down low at 1200', on a S aspect, 30 degree slope. The collapse was on the surface hoar that was buried Jan 22. In this location there i …
1327827600January 29, 2012 9:00Turnagain - CornbiscuitNot much has changed since yesterday's observations. Snow continues to settle and I noted that the intact, standing surface hoar is still developing up to 2500-3000' on Cornbiscuit west-south aspects …
1327760100January 28, 2012 2:15pmTurnagain - Southwest corner pf Pyramid, a ~1000 ft.Experienced some large scale and very disconcerting settling on the lower slopes of Pyramid yesterday. We skied the west face in great conditions. Stability was great up high with no sloughing or an …
1327759200January 28, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - MagnumWe found well developed surface hoar all the way on the ridge of magnum. Other observers found the same thing in other areas at similar elevations.
1327759200January 28, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - EddiesToured up to the top of Eddies proper this afternoon. Broke through a stratus deck at around 1500ft and noticed surface hoar growing on the snow surface above that. Winds were nearly calm and snow …
1327756333January 28, 2012 1:12pmTurnagain - Cornbiscuit/Goldpan/SuperbowlStarted the day up Cornbiscuit. Noticed intact surface hoar through the trees and well above the alders going up the west face. Skied our first run down the south face pretty far back through a stee …
1327680000January 27, 2012 4:00pmTurnagain - TurnagainLots of skiers and riders were enjoying the backcountry on Friday 1-27. The common observation was loose sluff on steep rollovers with sporadic 4-6 inch deep surface slabs. These slightly stiffer pock …
1327672800January 27, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - Pete's SouthQuick Test Pit dug on Petes's south approximately at 3100 feet on the SW aspect of the ridge. Slope angle of 31 degrees with a total snow depth at 175cm. (Pit was in a shallow portion of snowpack near …
1327665957January 27, 2012 12:05pmTurnagain - MagnumTook the dogs swimming at Magnum today! Did a few runs south to west facing. Clear skies and mostly light winds with a small amount of snow being transported by stronger gusts. Deep powder. Wind a …
1327622400January 27, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Between Tincan common and propperWhile skinning up Tincan Common, we watched some talented skiers drop in-between Tincan common and proper. Sluff was significant on steep roll overs but did not run very far due to slope angle and var …
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