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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1491578940April 7, 2017 3:29pmGirdwood/Portage - Road obs between Whittier and Ingram Creek.YesAfternoon road trip to view the avalanche carnage in the wake of this potent spring storm. Girdwood - Ingram corner - Portage - Whittier.
1491573600April 7, 2017 2:00pmTurnagain - Tincan UptrackYesAlaska Pacific University Snow Science class did a quick tour on Tincan uptrack after road obs. Spectacular carnage from the 6"SWE storm cycle in Portage Valley and along Seward Highway Bird to Turnag …
1491568200April 7, 2017 12:30pmSummit - Tenderfoot and ButchTenderfoot ridge and Butch Peak below "Incredibowls". Avalanche Debris from incredibowls and North aspect of Tenderfoot.
1491568200April 7, 2017 12:30pmGirdwood/Portage - Portage ValleyYesRoad observation in Portage to check out the D4 avalanche near the Tunnel to Whittier and the widespread avalanche activity.
1491516000April 6, 2017 10:00pmSummit - Wind loading in Summit lakeYesWind from E NE loading upper elevations. In pictures notice wind loading...
1491513720April 6, 2017 9:22pmSummit - Summit Lake - natural avalanches on Templeton, Mp 41 John, and moreYesAdditional avalanche activity since 4/5...Significant avalanche activity D-2 to 2+ on Colorado Peak, Summit Peak, Butch, Templeton(AKA Creator), Raven Ridge, Gilpatrick, and John. Additional avalanche …
1491489056April 6, 2017 2:30pmSummit - Tenderfoot and Summit Lake Road ObsYesWe drove through Summit Lake and observed significant active wind loading along ridge tops. Large plume off of West facing slopes. New avalanche activity was seen on East facing slopes of Fresno Ridge …
1491485400April 6, 2017 1:30pmAnchorage Front Range - Ski JumpsYesCargo nets are placed on the landing hill in order to hold snow for the winter. This being the first year with nets on the 65 meter ski jump has led to adjustments for next year. No one was injured in …
1491483600April 6, 2017 1:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObsYesDrove through Turnagain Pass on our way to Summit Lake. Visibility was good from Center Ridge on South. We observed significant flagging and active wind loading along ridge tops. Could see evidence of …
1491419880April 5, 2017 7:18pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge Road ObsYesMore photos from road observation through Turnagain Pass to Summit. Observations on Pass at 11:30 and 1:00 pm.
1491417461April 5, 2017 6:37pmHatcher Pass - Mid and Upper elevation ObservationsYesToured up around Marmot, Microdot, and IM bowl. Significant warming over the past several days. Lots of new avalanche activity.
1491408000April 5, 2017 4:00pmHatcher Pass - MarmotYesObserved on 5 April, look pretty fresh, ran yesterday????
1491408000April 5, 2017 4:00pmHatcher Pass - East ridge of HatchYesNatural hard slab. A day or two old?
1491406680April 5, 2017 3:38pmSummit - Summit Lake Road ObsYesDrove through Summit Lake between 12pm and 12:45pm. We witnessed a natural avalanche in motion on the West face of Tri-Tip, debris came to a stop ~200 vertical feet above the lake elevation. There was …
1491390000April 5, 2017 11:00Turnagain - Non-Motorized side of Turnagain PassYesRoad observation through Turnagain Pass to Summit. Observations on Pass at 11:30 and 1:00 pm
1491321600April 4, 2017 4:00pmTurnagain - Road Obs including PortageYesGirdwood to Johnson Pass parking and back with a spin through Portage.
1491156780April 2, 2017 6:13pmSummit - ManitobaYesWhen we started from the top of Manitoba, one skier skied a little bit on the left and triggered the' summit lens' in the lowest right part. All the upper part SW face collapsed. the height of the s …
1491153180April 2, 2017 5:13pmTurnagain - Sunburst and road obs through Summit LakeStandard route up Sunburst to 2000'. We found wet saturated snow below today's new snow (6-8".) Very poor visibility. Two new¬†avalanche were seen on Seattle Ridge since yesterday afternoon. We als …
1491149940April 2, 2017 4:19pmTurnagain - Stayed below brush line. Enjoyable trail breaking and increasingly warmer upper snowpack. Also wanted to say how awesome it is to meet ms thamm and wagner this afternoon! Thanks for going into the …
1491145200April 2, 2017 3:00pmSummit - Road Observations - Butch and FresnoYesA quick drive through Summit Lake revealed two new natural avalanches sometime on April 1st or 2nd. The first avalanche was a storm slab on Fresno (Easterly facing at ~3,000'). This looks to have s …
1491060120April 1, 2017 3:22pmTurnagain - Road ObservationsYesA drive through Turnagain Pass to check on the recent avalanche activity.
1491059220April 1, 2017 3:07pmPlacer - Placer ValleyYesPlacer Valley recent avalanche activity and weather below.
1491048000April 1, 2017 12:00pmSummit - ManitobaStandard skin track up to the top of the meadows
1490977680March 31, 2017 4:28pmSummit - Windloading of West Aspects today....
1490976900March 31, 2017 4:15pmSummit - Summit recent avalanche activityWith better visibility more avalanches (fairly recent)were seen on West Aspects. South and West aspects were actively loading at noon time today.
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