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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
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
1551704411March 4, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - Twin PeaksSkinned up the eastern face of Twin Peaks to treeline ~2800′. Surface condition inventory and tracking v-day facets/bsh and MLK bsh.
1551700800March 4, 2019 12:00pmHatcher Pass - Bald Mountain Ridge / Dogsled PassBroad scale general survey on conditions in West Hatcher Pass. General observations include: very thin snowpack, rapidly getting thinner on solar aspects, on the far west side of Hatcher Pass, i.e. We …
1551639600March 3, 2019 7:00pmChugach State Park - Peters CreekSkied north facing coolies in Peters Creek. No formal stability tests, but no signs of instability observed. Lovely settled powder, and generally good snow on all but most solar aspects. Moderate to h …
1551618000March 3, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - SunburstStandard route up Sunburst to ~3700' Descended a skier's right variation of the "Elevator Shaft" on the North face. Traversed and ascended back up to top of alders, then back to parking lot. Small …
1551543720March 2, 2019 4:22pmHatcher Pass - StairstepSkinned from lower 16 parking lot up snowmachine track to top. Dug pit in small chute on North side of peak. Sun was definitely effecting snow down I the trees and all previous tracks.
1551537540March 2, 2019 2:39pmTurnagain - Seattle RidgeQuick rundown of known glide cracks and one release on Seattle Ridge. Several new cracks are opening up.
1551528000March 2, 2019 12:00pmSeward - LV RayAfter finding exquisite settled pow on Andy Simons the other day, we went back to check out LV Ray. Bed surface and constant spindrift in north coolies; jarring sun crust on the south half of the comp …
1551468360March 1, 2019 7:26pmHatcher Pass - Frostbite PeakSkinned up from road on existing skin track to southeast finger running direct to Frostbite peak. Intensions were to ski a northeast-east facing line across the bowl so we opted to dig a pit with simi …
1551463200March 1, 2019 6:00pmSummit - TenderfootAPU Snow Science 1 toured up the standard Tenderfoot uptrack to 2500'. Temps were much cooler than expected staying around freezing on NW aspects.
1551447000March 1, 2019 1:30pmTurnagain - Pete's NorthParked @ Johnson Pass lot, Went to Pete's North too 3,000ft. Ski quality was good, especially on none solar aspects.
1551388312February 28, 2019 9:11pmTurnagain - SunburstYesToured up the standard West Ridge to 3700' late afternoon to look at how the sun was warming the snow surface. Temperatures were in the mid 40s F in the upper elevations. Numerous wet loose avalanche …
1551373200February 28, 2019 5:00pmSeward - Andy Simons MountainYesClimbed and skied the north face of Andy Simons Mountain. Watched and heard multiple rumbling loose wet slides coming down the south wall above Ptarmigan Lake. No formal stability tests, but no signs …
1551371400February 28, 2019 4:30pm - CornbuscuitYesToured up from Bertha creek to ~3000'
1551369720February 28, 2019 4:02pmSeward - Snug Harbor to Martin CreekRode from Snug Harbor, through Boulder Creek and into the Martin Creek drainage.
1551369600February 28, 2019 4:00pmTurnagain - Sharks FinYesAttempted most direct route from Eddie's parking lot, toured up west ridge of sharks. Started tour slightly after 12 noon. Both creeks were frozen and easily crossed.
1551362400February 28, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - SE Ridge, Marmot Mountain, Corporate RunYesAscended from MP 16 parking lot to 3960' overlook at S end of Marmot Ridge. Descended SE ridge, Corporate Run. Very warm temperatures (51 F in the sun) at one meter above ground. Wet loose avalanche t …
1551300285February 27, 2019 8:44pmTurnagain - TincanToured up the standard West ridge and traversed to the Northwest ridge above CFR. Test pits above CFR showed moderate reactivity on the valentines day (near surface facets) 5-8" below the surface an …
1551193200February 26, 2019 3:00pmGirdwood - Upper Girdwood Valley (Crow Ck drainage)YesToured up to a high point of 4,600'. Many wet loose avalanche in the past couple days on steep south faces.
1551108600February 25, 2019 3:30pmGirdwood - Max's MountainFollowed skintrack put in by previous group. Skintrack was icy in parts above treeline possibly due to sun effect
1551106800February 25, 2019 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Truck Ramp aka Razorback Gulch aka Bachelor Weekend CouloirAscended and skied the Truck Ramp. Wet loose natural avalanches actively happening in the afternoon on south and southwest aspects, some of them entraining a lot of snow.
1551099600February 25, 2019 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Up the gold mint drainageYesI haven't submitted this till now because I wanted to give the skier a chance to report it.Two of us were watching across the valley as a lone skier triggered a large avalanche. The further picture sh …
1551099600February 25, 2019 1:00pmSummit - Manitoba MtnFrom Manitoba Cabin took standard uptrack via road and ski trail to approx. 2700ft on WSW aspect of Manitoba Mtn (pic).
1551077822February 25, 2019 6:57Hatcher Pass - about 500 to 1000 ft above dnigi hut in elevationYesFebruary 23 avalanche. lots of whumphing at elevations 4000'+. Valley floor and benches proved stable all day. This avy was done w/ second rider came down. Remote trigger. Scary picking our way down …
1551024000February 24, 2019 4:00pmChugach State Park - SW Rusty Point ( Wolverine ridge in Anchorage)YesWhile xc skiing on Middle Fork saw 2 folks had put a steep skin track up Rusty Point ( directly above bridge crossing just before Williwaw trail junction. Watched them for a bit as the snow looked dee …
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