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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
1488715200March 5, 2017 12:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Peterson/KernPeterson and Kern creeks accessed from Peterson. Surface hoar up to 5 mm in size in the shade. Sun crust on only the steepest south pitches. HS > 3 meters @ 2750' in the flat middle of the glacier. …
1488672000March 5, 2017 12:00Turnagain - Goldpan/CornbiscuitA few laps in the goldpan, cornbiscuit, magnum area.
1488643200March 4, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - LippsSkinned up SW aspect of Lipps to 3200'. No obvious signs of instability were observed. Snow was surprisingly protected from the winds this week and still soft in many┬áplaces. Found pretty stable snow …
1488636000March 4, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Wolverine creekUp wolverine creek to about 2,500
1488632400March 4, 2017 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - McHugh Ridge SW GullySkinned up west ridge of McHugh Peak to around 3,100 ft to intersect with the summer trail, then skiied down a west aspect gully.
1488614400March 4, 2017 8:00Turnagain - EddiesSkied a couples laps back on the south side of Eddies. No wind affect or wind transport once out of the pass corridor. No signs of instability. Solar crust limited to due south aspects. No surface hoa …
1488560220March 3, 2017 4:57pmSummit - Summit Peak, Butch Peak, Tri TipSummit Lake Area (Summit Peak, Butch Peak, Tri Tip) -Natural avalanches and possible human triggered avalanches past 24hours....Widespread avalanche activity due to wind loading mid to upper elevation …
1488546000March 3, 2017 1:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lost LakeYesWe snowmachined up to the Lost Lake area today from the Lost Lake trailhead just outside Seward. The last 3 days in Seward have been extremely windy and heavy wind loading and active snow transport ca …
1488546000March 3, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - Sharkfin TreelineAlaska Pacific University Snow Science 1 class field day.
1488480271March 2, 2017 6:44pmTurnagain - Turnagain Road ObsFlagging/large plumes of blowing snow observed along Turnagain Arm, Seattle Creek, Placer Valley, Johnson Pass, Lynx Creek and Summit Lake. Plumes were also seen along Seattle Ridge, but the East side …
1488471900March 2, 2017 4:25pmSummit - General Observation Summit Lake
1488463200March 2, 2017 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Harp Ridge near South Fork of Eagle RiverYesWe parked at the base and skied up the right gully, and turned around halfway up due to snow pack instability. As we skied to the base of the gully we saw an avalanche in motion that was naturally tri …
1488425450March 2, 2017 3:30Summit - Summit Road obsDrove through Summit Lake between 3pm and 4pm. Observed significant flagging/blowing snow along ridge tops on both sides of the road. NW winds were primarily loading Eastern and Southern slopes. Recen …
1488394800March 1, 2017 7:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 3.5Skinned up Peak 3 gully and over to top of Peak 3.5 along ridge at 4000' elevation band.
1488384000March 1, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - SilvertipAscended N ridge of Silvertip to about 3000' via Silvertip Creek drainage. No obvious signs were observed within this drainage. There was recent wind slab avalanches one ridge over on a NE aspect (obs …
1488369600March 1, 2017 12:00pmHatcher Pass - $1,000 Run (low-angle ridge below N. face of Hatch Peak)$1,000 run from Independence bowl; Ralph Baldwin & I skinned up to 3,500' on NE Aspect of low angle ridge on North face of Hatch Peak. Very thin overcast, light breeze; ~5*F; obvious and widesprea …
1488306780February 28, 2017 6:33pmHatcher Pass - President's ridgeskinned up established skin track
1488304800February 28, 2017 6:00pmAnchorage Front Range - McHugh North ridge near summer trailToured W aspect of McHugh Peak to 3100' on north shoulder and summer trail.
1488293640February 28, 2017 2:54pmTurnagain - Lynx CreekYesJohnson Pass (N) trailhead into Lynx Creek drainage. Several fresh wind slab avalanches observed.
1488286800February 28, 2017 1:00pmHatcher Pass - MarmotToured up standard Marmot up-track today. Re-con to check out this weekend's avalanche activity and observe new wind loading. Thur 2/24 and Fri 2/25 wind gusted strong (Marmot Wx wind gauge went down …
1488225900February 27, 2017 8:05pmGirdwood/Portage - Girdwood ValleyHeaded up to take a look at conditions in the Raggedtop area of Girdwood Valley.
1488127020February 26, 2017 4:37pmSummit - FresnoStandard Fresno up track. Skied a north shot from the peak. Skinned back to the ridge and then skied east bowl back to the highway. North run had 3" breakable wind crust up high with softer snow in lo …
1488117600February 26, 2017 2:00pmSummit - FresnoLower alder glades on East aspect. High point at 2800.
1488117600February 26, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Magnum - PMS BowlCornbisciut/Magnum uptrack to PMS bowl
1488114000February 26, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - Treeline between Little Switzerland and Gods CountryShort tour up the powerline, through the trees, popping up above treeline on a warm sunny day. Noticeable solar affect on the snow on SE aspects above treeline.
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