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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
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
1425074400February 27, 2015 10:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Taproot (Spenard)Toured to the Taproot to go to the snowball and support the avalanche center and avalanche school. Recent activity: Yes - great music and fun dancing. Signs of instability: Yes - every time the band …
1390654800January 25, 2014 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - FlattopHiked up Flattop today and noticed the "wind tunnel" area between Flattop and Blueberry Hill had slid during this cycle. The trail was covered in debris for 200' or so. Of note - this is the same spot …
1388246400December 28, 2013 4:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Hiland Rd. AreaHiland Rd. area- Did a tour out from South Creek parking area. Temps in the mid-20's winds from the SE in the teen's, lighting was flat. No observed signs of recent avalanches, No signs of instability …
1388138400December 27, 2013 10:00Anchorage Front Range - Anchorage - Ptarmigan PassSee Snow Pilot jpg to view a quicky generalized profile. Skiing was acceptable (read - Not breakable) as I was expecting heinous turning conditions. Good bit of glare ice at the bottom of my run whi …
1383483600November 3, 2013 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - OMalley Ridge, Front RangeWhile hiking in the Front Range of the Chugach, myself and my hiking partner triggered a wind slab on an isolated snowfield on the southern aspect of the O'Malley Ridge. I was bootpacking up a section …
1364342400March 27, 2013 12:00Anchorage Front Range - Peak 2, Front Range[Just an FYI - know this is outside your advisory area!) Date: 3/27/2013 Time: 1800 - 2030 Location: Peak 2, Anchorage Front Range Route: Traveled from Canyon Road to the bowl between Peaks 2 an …
1364234400March 25, 2013 6:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Bear Valley - Chugach Front RangeWe took a tour up to a slope above Bear Valley yesterday evening during the tail end of the snow event. The conditions were phenomenal, we measured 25+ inches of low density snow at several locatio …
1356703200December 28, 2012 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 2-3 areaClimbed up to near the Peak 3 shoulder and dug a pit at 3500' West facing where slope angle was 29 degrees in strong wind and with rapid loading (86cm pit filled in 1/4 of the way multiple times while …
1355580000December 15, 2012 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 2, Southwest BowlPoked around the Peak 3 area to see what the conditions were like. As stated in a previous observation, the snowpack was dismal consisting of wind scoured and wind blown areas. I toured/bushwhacked …
1355443200December 14, 2012 12:00Anchorage Front Range - Peak 3Snow science trip to see how the Front Range snowpack is shaping up at Peak 3. It's still frustratingly thin, but now has a substantial windpacked base that's hopefully here to stay. As usual, snow …
1332684000March 25, 2012 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 3I went up to Peak 3 to see how Friday's wind/snow effected the snowpack in the front range. There was a solid wind slab on the surface pretty much the whole way up, giving the snopack a very hollow …
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