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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1552820400March 17, 2019 11:00Hatcher Pass - Marmot Chutes- Rae WallaceYesFishhook Parking up south side of Marmot.
1552752240March 16, 2019 4:04pmTurnagain - Tincan TreesTour up to treeline along the common up-track.
1552674120March 15, 2019 6:22pmSeward - Benson Peak avalanche activityRecent avalanche activity in the Seward Area as well as around Cooper Landing. See pictures below.
1552673820March 15, 2019 6:17pmSeward - General Observation (Road Observation)Light precipitation and temperatures in the mid 30's. cloudy with light snow. Avalanche activity on Gilpatrick, Tritip, and Moose North. D-2 size wet slab.
1552584600March 14, 2019 5:30pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine BowlYesObservations from the Independence Mine Bowl and Hatcher Pass / April Bowl area. Snowmachined up to Hatcher Pass hoping to snowmachine down into Upper Willow Creek to check out conditions. A crown fro …
1552568400March 14, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road observationYesDrove through Turnagain Pass at 12pm and again at 1pm to take advantage of some decent visibility early afternoon and look for any natural activity. Could see much of the popular terrain and most of t …
1552564800March 14, 2019 12:00pmSummit - Summit Lake Road ObservationYesDrove through Summit around 12:30pm. Numerous D2-3 avalanches on many prominent West facing steep Couloirs and faces.
1552536540March 14, 2019 4:09Seward - General Observation (Weather snowfall amounts for Seward and surrounding areas.Seward Rain and snow mix. Mostly rain up to two inches accumulation of snow. Temperature 36F at 4 am. Grouse Creek Divide (Mile 12 Seward Highway Elevation 700ft): Snow 2 inches an hour at times. Tot …
1552485600March 13, 2019 2:00pmSummit - TenderfootStorm day up the standard Tenderfoot up-track to a high point of 2600'. Looking at surface conditions and previous wide spread instabilities.
1552421580March 12, 2019 8:13pmTurnagain - SunburstStandard West Ridge to 3500'
1552399200March 12, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - SunburstSunburst - one lap to 3500' via standard uptrack and down a SW aspect, then up via Taylor Pass to 3500', descending on a W aspect
1552399200March 12, 2019 2:00pmOther Regions - Northwest slope off of Madson Mountain just above Crescent LakeYesBelow is a preliminary report of the avalanche fatality that occurred on Saturday March 9th, 2019 above Crescent Lake just east of the Crescent Saddle Cabin. CNFAIC staff visited the site on Tuesday M …
1552365834March 12, 2019 4:43Hatcher Pass - MarmotYesSkinned up the SW ridge of Marmot, skied down the mid rib, skinned up mid rib, and skied down Rae Wallace Chutes. Several human triggered slab, cornice, wet loose, and dry loose avalanches observed ac …
1552309200March 11, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanWent up standard Tincan uptrack to the top of Tincan Common (~3200')
1552242780March 10, 2019 6:33pmHatcher Pass - Hatch PeakYesSkied up 1000$ run, two snowboarders reported having triggered the avalanche minutes earlier. Mostly wind scoured conditions with anti-tracks. Pockets of sensitive windslabs in gullies along route. Al …
1552231800March 10, 2019 3:30pmTurnagain - TincanStandard up track to a high point of 3200'. Observation of conditions after the storm. Looking at how the new snow is bonding to old snow surfaces, for mid-storm layer instabilities,  if there was na …
1552226400March 10, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - MarmotAlaska Avalanche School Level 1 Travel Day. Our class split up into 3 groups and my group toured up to ~3400' on Marmot S Ridge from Mile 16 lot and skied back down. Variable snow conditions ranging f …
1552222800March 10, 2019 1:00pmSummit - ManitobaTour up to Manitoba. Supersaturated snow below treeline. Wet and heavy. Wind from the East showed a lot of W aspect pockets of powder and pillows wind loaded. Sastrugi up in higher elevations. A lo …
1552219200March 10, 2019 12:00pmChugach State Park - Ram ValleyYesWidespread rumbling collapses, shooting cracks, and wind transport. Natural and skier triggered windslab avalanches on moraine convexities. These terrain features were relatively small, slides were 1- …
1552147560March 9, 2019 4:06pmTurnagain - TincanStorm day tour up to just above treeline along the common Tincan up route. High point 2,600'.
1552143600March 9, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Lower Eldorado Bowl, Lower Microdot, Lower $1000 RunAlaska Avalanche School Level 1 Instability Test Day. We split into 3 groups, traveling to Lower Eldorado Bowl, Lower Microdot, and Lower $1000 Run. Touchy, fresh wind slab avalanches triggered on lee …
1552140000March 9, 2019 2:00pmOther Regions - whittier (not exactly sure on where. not up main trail. further down the road and up through the trees)YesRoughly 2.5 feet of new snow, mix rain / snow around 1000 feet give or take
1552050000March 8, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanYesTour to 2200' on Tincan. APU Weather Station Maintenance. Did a couple of laps through trees Considerable amounts of new snow, somewhat heavy.
1551880800March 6, 2019 2:00pmSummit - TenderfootStandard Tenderfoot up track to a high point of 2700'. Observing the surface conditions throughout the different elevation bands and aspects.
1551798000March 5, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - President's Ridge of MarmotArchangel>Presidents Ridge Last couple weeks of sun formed 3-4" thick sun crust, mostly on S/SW aspects Crust galore! Firm, breakable, supportable, and recrystallized snow HS averaged 100cm
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