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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1390521600January 24, 2014 12:00Summit - Summit Lake RegionOver the past 24 hours numerous natural avalanches occurred. These likely released during rising temperatures accompanied by rain. Average starting zone elevation is between 2,500-3,000’. Crow …
1390003200January 18, 2014 12:00Summit - Summit LakeToday I was able to see with better visibility what was going on at Summit Lake. Many natural avalanches had come down during the last storm. Natural avalanches could be seen mainly on West and So …
1389956400January 17, 2014 11:00Summit - Butcher Peak Just South of Lower Summit LakeToday Heavy Rain and winds were triggering natural avalanches today that went well into lower angle terrain just above valley floor. These avalanches (4 total by 1PM) went to the ground with dirt a …
1389357000January 10, 2014 12:30pmSummit - Summit - ManitobaObvious Signs of Instability Recent Avalanche Activity: none observed Shooting Cracks: none observed Collapsing: none observed Weather: Partly Sunny becoming cloudy Calm wind Temps high teens to low …
1389182400January 8, 2014 12:00pmSummit - TenderfootNo signs of instability (except the avalanche), No shooting cracks, collapsing, or whoomphing. Most recent slides were small slabs that broke on Butch during the storm and sluffs on the north side …
1388849400January 4, 2014 3:30pmSummit - TenderfootObvious Signs of Instability: Recent Avalanches-None observed Shooting Cracks-none observed Collapsing/Whoompfing- none observed, we were travelling on a skin track, we think we may have had some coll …
1388840400January 4, 2014 1:00pmSummit - Manitoba - N AspectLots of wind and snow on Saturday on Manitoba, pretty nasty all together. I was able to set off a small slide remotely in the obvious north facing couloir just below the summit at ~3400'. I approached …
1388414700December 30, 2013 2:45pmSummit - Tenderfoot RidgeSigns of Instability: No shooting cracks or whoomphing observed. Small avalanche D1 that ran the entire length of the South Face scene. [this may be the slide from 12/20] Crown could not been seen …
1388275200December 29, 2013 12:00Summit - Tenderfoot RidgeObvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-none observed Shooting Cracks-none observed Collapsing/Whoompfing-none observed Weather Mild temps and partly cloudy. Calm winds with short periods of …
1388244600December 28, 2013 3:30pmSummit - Raven RidgeTime: 1045 AM - 5 PM Route: East from the Lower Summit Lake pullout to the base of Raven Ridge; up a generally West aspect to 2700'. Weather: Sky was broken all day, low 30's in the morning drop …
1387882800December 24, 2013 11:00Summit - Birch Trees, Summit Lakesee pics
1387543200December 20, 2013 12:40pmSummit - Tenderfoot RidgeRemotely triggered a small (~50 feet wide, crown height 8-12") slide on 30-35 degree southwest facing slope on Tenderfoot ridge today. Elevation 3,000'. While ascending a rollover on the ridge the …
1386336600December 6, 2013 1:30pmSummit - Summit Lake (Tenderfoot Ridge)Snow was shallow and did not have a good base. Ground strikes were common event on Friday.
1385737200November 29, 2013 3:00pmSummit - Fresno Ridge/Colorado PeakToday I went up Fresno Ridge and found shallow snow and cold temperatures that dipped down to -2F. Winds were NW, 10mph gust 20-30 mph. Recent avalanche activity in upper loading zones of Colorado …
1385263800November 24, 2013 3:30Summit - Summit PassSkier triggered avalanche on West facing aspect of sugar ridge at 3000'. Let loose while traversing above windloaded rollover, broke 8"-14" down on top of 4" of faceted snow above the ground then ste …
1385042400November 21, 2013 2:00pmSummit - Summit Lake/Carter Lake AreaSnow is dry and winds have picked up blowing snow at upper elevations. This new snow is not bonding well with the base. In steep terrain such as LV Ray very small powder avalanches were seen runni …
1384696800November 17, 2013 2:00pmSummit - Summit Lake Area, Tenderfooot Ridge United StatesVery Light snow from the Nov. 10th storm, looks as though its been through some warm cold cycles. There are definite signs of point releases mostly on North facing slopes but also on West and south …
1384434000November 14, 2013 1:00pmSummit - Summit Lake AreaToday warm temperatures were starting to melt the surface snow but the underlying snow remained low density facets. Some new Surface Hoar Frost was present in the valley (2mm in size) but was being …
1383829200November 7, 2013 1:00pmSummit - Summit Lake AreaView from Tenderfoot Ridge both north and south.
1383829200November 7, 2013 1:00pmSummit - Summit Lake Area (Tenderfoot)Snow starts at around 2500ft give or take. Dusting to 5cm (2 inches) with very isolated pockets of up to 6 inches of snow in wind loaded areas. These isolated windloaded areas have 2” thin slab …
1368190800May 10, 2013 1:00pmSummit - Lower Butcher Bench - Summit Lake AreaIsothermic mush above 2500'on West aspects. Shin deep boot penetration. Below 2500' skied good before 11am on supportable sun crust. Warming rapidly in hazy sun. Many large wet slides from previous da …
1366934400April 26, 2013 12:00Summit - Hale BopHi Friends! Today we skied at Summit Lake, up the creek between Raven Ridge and Butch to Hale Bop, and down Butcher Creek to Tenderfoot. On the ascent it was crusty to 4,000' then became dry snow wi …
1366416000April 20, 2013 12:00Summit - Manitoba, Summit LakeSkied Manitoba this Saturday under blue skies and the baking sun. Some older sluffs were observed in the steepest chutes. Pockets of hard, shallow wind slabs on varied east and west locations. Skied …
1365724800April 12, 2013 12:00Summit - Tenderfoot - back ridgelineTraveled along the ridgeline of Tenderfoot. Stuck to north aspects (south were dust on crust). Weather: Cold and clear. Temperatures in the teens below treeline and single digits on the ridgeline. Wi …
1364902200April 2, 2013 11:30Summit - Tri-Tip and Tenderfoot RidgeThere is a hefty sun crust forming at the lower elevations that is awful to ski on. It disappears just below treeline and is primarily on West facing and South facing slopes. The snow on the North s …
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