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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1324469933December 21, 2011 12:18pmTurnagain - Tincan TreesSolstice skiing! Several laps in Tincan trees. Everything above the trees, and to some degree in the upper parts of the tree terrain, is heavily wind affected and made for unpleasant skiing. Lower …
1324468800December 21, 2011 12:00pmOther Regions - South Fork Eagle River ? (May have local name)Not sure on exact location and name of route, though I think it is commonly skied. I saw little if any evidence of recent natural activity with the exception of a shallow, medium sized wind slab th …
1324387800December 20, 2011 1:30pmTurnagain - Tin Can TreesSkied Tin Can trees skier's right of the skin track. Dug a pit at 2600' on a North aspect, 38 degree slope. Compression tests showed moderate strength and energy with an overall good structure. CT1 …
1324252800December 19, 2011 12:00Turnagain - Turnagain PassMostly Road observations. Light was just good enough to get an idea of what slid on Sunday. Naturals seen today from 12/18: Magnum N face, class 2.5 wind slab avalanche. This was the largest crown se …
1324166400December 18, 2011 12:00Summit - Sterling/Seward Wye Intersection Milepost 37These photos show debris from a natural avalanche that occured during the storm of Sunday December 18. The medium sized avalanche left a small amount of debris that stopped just short of the highwa …
1324166400December 18, 2011 12:00Turnagain - Center RidgePoor visibility kept observations limited to the trees today. A solid 2' of snow fell between 1100' and 1900' on Turnagain Pass. Heavy and dense snow at 1000' and lighter, medium density snow above 18 …
1324130400December 17, 2011 2:00pmTurnagain - TincanSkied a lap from Tincan common into the common bowl early for our first run - a steeper section skier's left of the now pretty well covered glide crack. Skied a couple laps on the north facing slopes …
1324126800December 17, 2011 1:00pmSummit - west shoulder Spirit WalkerSkied up to the West shoulder of spirit Walker. Clouds with some holes in them transformed to snow by about 1 to 1:15 pm. About 3 or 4 new inches on the trail near the bridge over Mills Creek transf …
1324080000December 17, 2011 12:00Turnagain - Seattle RidgeCloudy and windy day on Seattle Ridge. Easterly winds picked up today and were moving snow around, mainly above treeline and on the Ridge proper. Soft sensitive wind slabs/drifts and cornices were bei …
1324058400December 16, 2011 6:00pmTurnagain - Tin Can8-10 inches of new snow. Saw one small skier triggered slide on a wind loaded westerly aspect over a steep rollover in the trees at about 1900ft. Slide was 40ft wide and ran 100ft. Otherwise great s …
1323788400December 13, 2011 3:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge, Repeat OffenderPit dug on East face adjacent to standard snowmachine uptrack.
1323777600December 13, 2011 12:00pmSummit - Summit LakeWind effected above 3000' on east aspects with 6-8" of light density snow on top of breakable rain crust (friendly) from 2000-2700', and 12" of light density snow from 1400-2000'. Compression tests …
1323734400December 13, 2011 12:00Girdwood - Ragged Top SW Aspect (California Creek Drainage)Noticed this new glide crack avalanche that must have occured Monday night (12/12/11) or Tuesday morning (12/13/11) in the Girdwood Valley.
1323691200December 12, 2011 12:00pmTurnagain - EddiesNo surprises today on eddies-- huge wind deposit on lee ward slopes (NE). Very heavy/wet snow to the alder fields, then quickly dried above that. Every rollover steeper than 25 degrees could pop a 4- …
1323648000December 12, 2011 12:00Turnagain - TincanSki and road obs from Turnagain Pass: Natural releasing small to medium wind slabs looked to have slide during the height of the storm yesterday and have now been snowed and winded over. Debris can be …
1323648000December 12, 2011 12:00Summit - Summit Lake Milepost 44Both lanes of the Seward Highway near Summit Lake Lodge near milepost 44 were buried by avalanche debris 3-4' deep X 80' wide during avalanche hazard reduction work on 12/12/11. This avalanche was a …
1323615600December 11, 2011 3:00pmOther Regions - South Fork Eagle River TrailheadDec. 11 2011 1300-1530 South Fork Eagle River Trailhead 1500-2600', NE aspects, <35 degrees East wind and snowfall picked up in PM. Gusts near Pass were strong enough to knock a standing skier over …
1323561600December 11, 2011 12:00Turnagain - Sunburst Weather StationSunburst Weather Station records highest wind speeds since its installation in fall of 2008. (Note: Seattle Ridge's anemometer propeller was ripped off during last Sunday's warm storm event - will be …
1323550800December 10, 2011 9:00pmTurnagain - Kidkstep GlacierWe decided to watch the lunar eclipse while touring up center ridge with the goal of skiing kickstep on saturday. High winds were the name of the game and the reason we turned around. We skied from th …
1323549000December 10, 2011 8:30pmTurnagain - TincanDate: 20111210 Time: 1130 Observer: M. Johnson (in conjunction with the AAS Level 3 Prep Course) Location: Tincan Aspect: NW/340 deg. Elevation: 1418 ft. Slope Angle: 24 deg. Sky Conditions: Clear in …
1323534600December 10, 2011 4:30pmSummit - west shoulder Spirit Walker2 inches of fresh light snow at the rig, 4 inches at the trail up to Manitoba. Fresh light snow on top of a crust both I and the 75 pound dog could stay on top of. Easy trail breaking. Blue sky sta …
1323450000December 9, 2011 5:00pmTurnagain - Johnson Pass trailForest Service cleared the wagon road trail (motorized route) from Johnson Pass North to the first bridge (approx. 5 miles). Snowmachiners please use this route when accessing Johnson pass from the N …
1323414000December 9, 2011 7:00Turnagain - Turnagain, Seattle RidgeWe spent the afternoon sledding and snowboarding in Warm-Up bowl, widowmaker and Juniors. We encountered no signs of instability on the southern aspects. 1-2 ft of powder on top of a firmer snowpack …
1323356400December 8, 2011 3:00pmTurnagain - Magnum West Face, upper benchTest Pit on upper bench of West face of Magnum. Primary layer of concern is the softer layer of rounding facets at around 100cm. The last storm on 12-4 had avalanches that stepped down into this l …
1323352800December 8, 2011 2:00pmTurnagain - TincanSkied a few laps in the Tincan Common bowl and a couple runs down through the trees. No noted signs of instability (cracks, whomping, etc.). No sluffing on steeper section or small soft slabs on rol …
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