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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1547125200January 10, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - MagnumToured up the common Magnum uptrack to the top of the ridge. Very cold with temps ranging from negative single digits at the car to just above 0 at the top, light east wind, mostly clear skies. Lots o …
1547121600January 10, 2019 12:00pmTurnagain - FacetsYesTouring up toward 4940 from the Cornbiscut parking, started punching out wind slabs so stayed in the less wind affected areas doing laps on the Facets runs.
1547078400January 10, 2019 12:00Turnagain - TincanStandard route up to Tincan Proper, descending the south face, then back up to choose a book from the local library. Sluffing in steep terrain. Cold temps are faceting out the soft surface snow. Som …
1547046000January 9, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - Twin PeaksSkinned up the Eastern face of Twin Peaks to treeline ~2800'.
1547042400January 9, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Lynx Creekparked at johnson pass trailhead. followed snow machine track into lynx creek and explored one of the drainages on the east side of the creek.
1547042400January 9, 2019 2:00pmSeward - EvaSkin to ~2500’ dig pit on SE aspect at~27degree slope.
1546992000January 9, 2019 12:00Turnagain - Pastoral PeakUp Taylor Creek to the pass, then standard route to the summit of Pastoral. Descended one of the broad NE facing chutes. Continued up Sunburst once back on Taylor Pass and skied the south face. Glide …
1546959600January 8, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Gold Cord PeakToured up the south ridge of Gold Cord Peak to look for buried surface hoar and compare depths on windward and leeward aspects. No signs of instability observed. Recycled powder ski quality is extreme …
1546956000January 8, 2019 2:00pmSummit - lower summit lakeSurface hoar from elevation of Hyw to 2500' varied significantly in size over area w/o much pattern to it. Lots of NSF. Slight wind effects started about 2500'. Dug at 2750' Windslbs started about 29 …
1546869600January 7, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Friendship PassToured up to Cross Hill towards Gold Chord Peak, noticed D1 and D2 slab avalanches that looked to have occurred some time after the New Year's storm on a SE aspect just NE of Birthday Pass (pictured b …
1546869600January 7, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - MagnumCornbiscuit over to Magnum uptrack to 3200' Surface conditions inventory, glide observations and looking for BSH.
1546786800January 6, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - MicrodotToured up to 4500' on Microdot and skied the Nosebleeds.
1546783200January 6, 2019 2:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Peterson CreekUp Peterson creek, skied southerly aspects and back out.
1546779600January 6, 2019 1:00pmSummit - Gilpatricks Mine RdSkin up road to 2400’ pit dug on ESE with 25-28 degree slope.
1546779600January 6, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - Center RidgeParking lot to Center Ridge Snotel, then to the ridgetop at about 2000'. Skied Northeast and West aspects without incident.
1546709640January 5, 2019 5:34pmTurnagain - TincanTwo groups traveled to 1800' (one on Tincan from Center Ridge parking, one to Center Ridge).
1546696800January 5, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - South Side of Eddies Ridge LineUp the common Eddies approach track. Be aware that the creek is open so you'll need to make accommodations. There was talk of some kind of ladder? It's gone or frozen to the bottom of the creek. Follo …
1546696800January 5, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Rae Wallace ChutesSkinned up standard Marmot uptrack and then back along the ridge to get to the Rae Wallace Chutes. Conditions seemed super stable on my way over, and everything in the shade (the chutes) skied great, …
1546693200January 5, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanUp track from Center Ridge parking lot.
1546689600January 5, 2019 12:00pmTurnagain - God's CountryFollowed the power lines from the road, cutting into the trees and gaining the bench features to a high point of 2050'. Looking to observe the surface conditions and for the presence of buried surface …
1546682400January 5, 2019 10:00Turnagain - Glide Cracks seen from the road in Turnagain PassDrove through Turnagain Pass between 9:30 - 10am on Jan.5. Could see a handful of new glide cracks.
1546673460January 5, 2019 7:31Turnagain - Lipps skin trackA new glide crack has open that threatens the upper section of the normal skin track on Lipps. It is not visible on the approach and can only be seen once it is reached and after one has spent signifi …
1546635900January 4, 2019 9:05pmTurnagain - Magnum Ridge topToured up Corn Biscuit to Ridge.
1546623780January 4, 2019 5:43pmHatcher Pass - MicrodotAlaska Avalanche school level 1 toured up to lower microdot for snow pit day. we saw skiers on eldorado bowl, Marmot and microdot skiing steep slopes without incident. Ski quality was high, but snow f …
1546614000January 4, 2019 3:00pmTurnagain - CornbiscuitFrom common Cornbiscuit uptrack into Superbowl. Skied North and West aspects in the bowl. Glide cracks are present at the head of the bowl where the common skin track usually is placed. An alternative …
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