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Skiing, snowboarding, snowmachining, hiking, walking, and all other methods of travel or recreation on snow are dangerous and a potential hazard to personal safety. Each person who ventures onto snow is responsible for his or her own safety. Many snow travelers find that education, information, and experience can increase their safety when they are on snow. The public observations reported on this site may appear to offer information about the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, but it is critical to remember that such observations are not evaluated or edited for accuracy and represent the subjective experience of the author.

Individuals may have widely differing perceptions, for a given location, date, and time, of the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, of avalanche hazards, and of skiing or snowboarding conditions. The hazards and conditions reported in an observation can change rapidly. In addition, individuals can differ greatly in both their perception of objective hazards and their acceptance of the risk to personal safety of these hazards.

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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1484574900January 16, 2017 1:55pmAnchorage Front Range - Arctic ValleyTop of TBar at Arctic Ski Valley. Joined ski patrol members to assess snow conditions from recent storm. Ski area received ~1 ft new light dry snow by midday on Monday. This has fallen over variable …
1484167980January 11, 2017 8:53pmAnchorage Front Range - SF Eagle River/Rendevous Ridge Trail intersectionWhen you are waiting for a back to heal and the snow to come...it is time to go practice snowpit skills and gather snowpit observations!! Hiked up SF Eagle River Trail to Rendevous Ridge Trail. Did …
1483372800January 2, 2017 4:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Little O Malley GullyHiked up Little O Malley Gully from Glenn Alps Trailhead.
1482062400December 18, 2016 12:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Arctic ValleyToured above Arctic Valley Ski Area to the saddle between Mount Gordon Lyon and Rendevous Peak. We observed pockets of wind slab near treeline and above tree line on E, S, and W facing terrain feature …
1480939200December 5, 2016 12:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Ptarmigan Peak, 61.05733N, 149.60190WYesApproached via Rabbit Creek, ascended Ptarmigan southwest slopes. Little to no snow on slopes at elevations below 4300', with exception of drifted snow in drainages. Avalanches observed in gullies opp …
1459084380March 27, 2016 1:13pmAnchorage Front Range - peak 3Quick tour to peak 3. Light blowing snow, possible graupel and strong gusts.
1458504000March 20, 2016 8:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 3I tried to traverse from Flatttop to Ptarmigan Pass, due recent (less than 24 hrs) snowfall it was slow and deep. I tried to stay on the ridge following the alpine/summer route. There was a lot of new …
1458500400March 20, 2016 7:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Chugach State ParkQuick after dinner tour into Chugach State Park to see how new snow is bonding to Friday's surface. Deliberately avoided any avalanche terrain this evening.
1458302400March 18, 2016 12:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Chugach State ParkMid day tour into Chugach State Park to capitalize on the new snow before winds come in.
1456423200February 25, 2016 6:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Harp Mountain - South Fork, Eagle RiverYesOriginal Observation posted Feb.26 We had been skiing Harp Mountain regularly for the preceding several weeks in fine, stable conditions, and on Thursday we were hoping to catch what we'd come to p …
1455897600February 19, 2016 4:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Above S.Fork Eagle River trailheadDue to wind distribution, snow coverage is varied from bare to drifted areas almost 2m deep. We dug on a 32 degree NE slope at about 2600'. In places, there were several thin layers of pencil-1finger …
1452977789January 16, 2016 8:56pmAnchorage Front Range - Ptarmigan West FaceToured up standard route to the West Ridge of Ptarmigan. Skinned until around 4400' and then stopped to transition to booting. While transitioning we decided to dig a quick pit. Didn't like what the p …
1451635200January 1, 2016 8:00Anchorage Front Range - Flattop Mountain - Avalanche across summer hiking trailYesPlease see below avalanche observation from the Front Range. This information was sent in to us by Bob Lohr. UPDATE: We have received reports that this avalanche was triggered by a two hikers. One …
1451570400December 31, 2015 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Harp mtn, Eagle RiverYesSkinned up the ridge, noted multiple wind slabs, intentionally triggered cornice slab on the skin up. Ski cut to get this one to release. 1-2 ft crown, 100 ft wide, 4 ft deep and ran over 1000 ft to t …
1451507269December 30, 2015 8:27pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 3YesStandard Peak 3 ski run.
1448719200November 28, 2015 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Powerline pass trailYesGlen Alps trailhead toward Powerline pass.
1448715600November 28, 2015 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Harp Mountain -- South Fork Eagle RiverSkinned up from Hiland Rd, along the drainage. Very low snowpack, mostly wind scoured with wind loaded drainages. Dug two pits at 3200ft, continued further up W aspect until finding many hard wind sla …
1448653530November 27, 2015 7:45pmAnchorage Front Range - GlenAlps Powerline TrailYesWet slide originated in gully between Peak 2 and Peak 3, and ran down to about 1/2 way between the trail and the river. No signs of human trigger.
1446886800November 7, 2015 9:00Anchorage Front Range - O'Malley Peak, NW ButtressYesThe slab that released was located on a small bench above a pitch of water ice/cliffs, O'Malley Peak, NW Buttress.
1430654400May 3, 2015 12:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Front RangeOn Saturday morning we left the Glen Alps parking lot and headed up the Powerline Pass trail. The plan was to ski the S couloir then work our way North skiing a series of N facing couloirs. However, u …
1430650800May 3, 2015 11:00Anchorage Front Range - PenguinHiked and skied the South face of Penguin Sunday morning. Due to time constraints the skiing was early when snow was still hard. New ice at sea level in the parking lot puddles still present at 8:30 A …
1430402400April 30, 2015 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - North Face West TwinYesCouloir on the North Face of West Twin Peak (Chugach State Park).
1429442220April 19, 2015 11:17Anchorage Front Range - United StatesYes4-5' wind slab released just above Flattop trail at the gap between Blueberry hill and Flattop Mountain. This is a repeater path (slid last year in January and was also the site of a fatality in 2006) …
1426695540March 18, 2015 4:19pmAnchorage Front Range - Glenn Alps, FlattopYesThis obs page is sweet.
1425814980March 8, 2015 11:43Anchorage Front Range - Gullies above South Fork Eagle River TrailYes
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