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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1556042400April 23, 2019 6:00pmChugach State Park - The RampYesSkied a couple north facing coolies on the Ramp. Widespread, large, and loud point releases on anything that the sun touched. Fast and high volume sloughing. One line slid with the first skier. Slab b …
1555855200April 21, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard up track to about 2300’, tree line. Looking to see how low the bar could be set for touring in the new storm snow.
1555790400April 20, 2019 8:00pmChugach State Park - Falls CrYesSkied the usual 4-chute Falls Creek loop. The first chute had a real pile of debris in apron upon arrival. It had slid from half way up the line mid-storm. Most of the rest of the line slid upon sk …
1555772400April 20, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - TincanStandard up track to 2200'. Looking at new snow depths, bonding at the new/old interface and total snow depths in the mid elevation band (1000' -2500'). No vis to get good info in the Alpine.
1555768800April 20, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Pinnacle bowl, slope below gold cord mineToured the nice snowmachine track up to the mine towards pinnacle bowl, had significant whumphing on the low angle slopes below gold cord mine.
1555759800April 20, 2019 11:30Hatcher Pass - Lower SkyscraperYesPut the skin track in at climber's right of the lower Skyscraper/El Dorado bowl. Rode the lower runs off the bowl.
1555754400April 20, 2019 10:00Chugach State Park - Peak 3Skinned up Peak 3 bowl, tons of active wind loading from the South and/or West, shooting cracks in the skin track, skinners were cutting fresh uptracks across slab. We diverted and chose a slope away …
1555723440April 20, 2019 1:24Hatcher Pass - Lower flanks of Idaho Peak, into GoodhopeYesTesting slope with snowmachine side hill cut low on the mtn. After 200+feet of sidehilling, a roughly 300 foot wide by ~1 foot crown released. Quickpit snow check prior to release showed the storm sno …
1555718400April 20, 2019 12:00Hatcher Pass - 4068 N side roughly 150 ft E of summit halfway down slope.YesClouds and flat light pushed 3 rd skier on slope towards small convexity close to rocks on a gully side wall that was a little more East facing. Snow broke on steeper sidewall and entrained more snow …
1555662900April 19, 2019 8:35Hatcher Pass - Bennets Ridge, north aspectYesStandard $1000 uptrack. Natural slab D2 on north side of Bennets Ridge occurred before 6pm on Wednesday 17 April.
1555629180April 18, 2019 11:13pmHatcher Pass - Nose BleedYes  Road observations Toured from IMB > Microdot > Nose Bleed
1555619880April 18, 2019 8:38pmSummit - General Observation (Road Observation)Light snow with breaks of sunshine today. Temperatures today lows 30F high 38F. Cornice breaks unknown time period at the north end of Summit Pass (Moose Mt. North and Roaring Ridge Area.)
1555606800April 18, 2019 5:00pmHatcher Pass - Upper Willow CreekYesPalmer side > Upper Willow Creek
1555592400April 18, 2019 1:00pmHatcher Pass - bennet ridge?YesToured up Hatch peak and $1000 run. Went up road and came back around with buddy on sled about an hour later and saw slide that did not notice the first lap up. Light was somewhat bad so possible I ju …
1555545600April 18, 2019 12:00Hatcher Pass - 4068Skinned from Fishhook lot south to Wimpy Bowl, skied short lap ENE, then skied 3 laps of N side of 4068. Many small, thin, loose natural avalanches were present in every direction. These spooked us u …
1555441200April 16, 2019 7:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 3 areaUp rabbit creek and up/down one of the SW gullies.
1555344000April 15, 2019 4:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge, BBQ hill, Warmup bowl, -2 BowlRoad up Seattle Ridge to investigate an avalanche triggered by a snowboarder yesterday (4/14/19) on a NE aspect off of BBQ Hill in Warm-up Bowl (-1 Bowl.) This avalanche was triggered upon descent int …
1555333200April 15, 2019 1:00pmGirdwood - Raggedtop West Face, viewed from MagpieViewed a crown across nearly the entire west face of Raggedtop while touring on Magpie. Experienced two small collapses while skinning a lower ridge on Magpie. Hand pit revealed buried facets about 45 …
1555254000April 14, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - $1000 Run/Hatch PkYesSkied from PL below Hatcher Pass gate along the N. side of Hatcher Ck, then up $1000 to 4500ft on the ridge running north from VABM Hatch.
1555243200April 14, 2019 12:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge - Warmup/Minus 1 BowlYesInformation passed along to CNFAIC by group. Big thank you to these folks for sharing!
1555203600April 14, 2019 1:00Turnagain - Seattle Creek Headwall, Seattle Creek, -3 BowlSeattle Ridge down into -3 Bowl, Seattle Creek drainage up into Seattle Creek Headwall, messed around in lower -4 Bowl, exited via -3 Bowl. Finished out the day in Main Bowl.
1555184940April 13, 2019 7:49pmChugach State Park - Falls CreekHiked a dry trail the first mile or so before getting to enough snow to skin. Turned into the right bowl before getting to the lake. A lot of recent and old roller balls and wet debris on most aspects …
1555167600April 13, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - Sunburst / Taylor PassSunburst ridge to weather station and back through Taylor creek. High point 3,800'.
1555081200April 12, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - Tincan CommonStandard route up to 3300' on ridge line above Hippy Bowl. Looking at new snow amounts, rain/snowline, and for buried facets/surface hoar on northerly aspects above 3000'.
1555077600April 12, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan CommonBrian and Rebecca, APU Snow Science 1. Standard up track to ridge above tree-line. Skied down following up track.
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