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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1525017600April 29, 2018 4:00pmChugach State Park - Falls CrYesSkied Falls Cr yesterday. Heavy precipitation, strong winds, constant spindrift, small natural sloughs, frequent small cracking, no natural slab avalanches observed, no sign of ski tracks from previou …
1524927600April 28, 2018 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Marmot ShoulderTook standard uptrack to low shoulder of Marmot to assess stability and do some pow farming.
1524918600April 28, 2018 12:30pmHatcher Pass - Bennett Ridge - 1000$ RunOverall good skiing, less new snow on S and E aspects. Where the new snow sits on top of a stout melt-freeze crust. Very poor visibility (in the clouds), making navigation, skiing and observations dif …
1524672000April 25, 2018 4:00pmTurnagain, Girdwood/Portage - Turnagain and Portage Road ObsVisibility was limited into the Alpine and worsened as we drove South. In Turnagain Pass we could see a few new small wet loose avalanches in some of the steep channeled gully's on Seattle Ridge. Talk …
1524409200April 22, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - Tincan TreesToured up standard route to 2300’ top of trees. Managed to get to snow line during a brief let up in precipitation. Snowing up high with lots of wind and wet snow and rain down low.
1524409200April 22, 2018 3:00pmHatcher Pass - Craigie Creek, Purches CreekParked at the Craigie Creek trailhead and rode up to the top of Craigie Creek valley. Headed North across Purches Creek and rode the Southern aspect bowl. Snow seemed better/deeper on Northern aspects …
1524337800April 21, 2018 7:10pmHatcher Pass - Independence Mine areaWent up into the Pinnacle basin for a high north steep face but did not continue due to recent wind drifts up to 12" thick forming a slab sitting on Near Surface Facets, seemed like our objective woul …
1524330000April 21, 2018 5:00pmHatcher Pass - Back side of MicrodotYesHuman triggered avalanche, partial burial. Multiple riders on slope prior to triggering avalanche.
1524326400April 21, 2018 4:00pmTurnagain - TincanAscend standard skin track to 2300' near Beaded Steam weather station.
1524322800April 21, 2018 3:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Byron Glacier TrailYesAccount of hikers threatened by avalanche on their way to see the ice caves. Thank you to Shiloh Powell for sharing her story and photos. We are very glad all in the area were ok and out of the path. …
1524318480April 21, 2018 1:48pmHatcher Pass - Marmot NW FaceYes5" fresh snow, pretty wet at the parking lot, dried out with elevation, but not fully. Natural avalanches from storm, covered in a couple of inches of snow.
1523970000April 17, 2018 1:00pmHatcher Pass - Microdot- Nose BleedToured up Rae Wallace Bowl then up Microdot to the top of Nose Bleed. The melt freeze crust in Rae Wallace made for a fast skin. The solar heating is getting pretty extreme, but feels great.
1523800800April 15, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Bertha Creek/GranddaddyToured up Bertha Creek, up the north face of the valley's headwall, over to Granddaddy Couloir. Lots of avalanches but good dry snow up high on north facing aspects.
1523728800April 14, 2018 6:00pmTurnagain - Tincan to 3200'Standard route along SW ridge of Tincan to 3200' on ridge above Common Bowl. We toured along South facing slopes the entire way monitoring surface conditions with afternoon warming. The snow was wette …
1523707200April 14, 2018 12:00pmSummit - Tenderfoot RidgeAfter some planned and unplanned delays, we toured up the standard skin track starting at 0915. The original plan had been to use the creek south of the ridge for quicker access to the back bowl under …
1523664000April 14, 2018 12:00Hatcher Pass - Lane Glacier / DidikamaSkied 3 couloirs (WSW, ESE, and NNE aspects) and the Lane Glacier itself (N aspect) between noon and 4pm. Any aspect with an "S" in it, even a bit, was at risk for wet slides, or just rotten snow at …
1523646000April 13, 2018 7:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Road Observation Portage and Turnagain ArmWe drove through Portage yesterday evening to see if there was any recent wet activity from that day. We're pretty sure all the activity in these photos was from 4/10 - 4/11 during a rain event in our …
1523644202April 13, 2018 6:30pmTurnagain - Sunburst and photos of Seattle Ridge and TincaWe did a quick tour to 2500' on W and SW slopes of Sunburst between 4pm and 6pm to look at how wet and saturated the snowpack was in the late afternoon sun. The evening prior was the first clear night …
1523620800April 13, 2018 12:00pmSummit - Above Lower Summit LakeToured to just above the power lines. The snow pack was getting close to isothermal, so it was not easy to get around. The weather was great, but made for lousy skiing. If you are heading to this neck …
1523577600April 13, 2018 12:00Turnagain - TincanStandard uptrack to the common bowl after stopping at the APU weather station. Descending down the uptrack route and then skiing a south face from 2500'.
1523552400April 12, 2018 5:00pmTurnagain - Road observations along Turnagain Arm and PassMany large wet loose and wet slab avalanches from the warm weather yesterday along with possibly some today. Most of these are slopes facing E-S-W and at elevations from 3,000' and below. Less activit …
1523548020April 12, 2018 3:47pmSummit - Summit Lake (Road Obs)Point Releases and shallow slab avalanches. (See Pictures of most recent activity.)
1523474940April 11, 2018 7:29pmTurnagain - TincanWent out for an avy skills refresher day. Tincan up route to 2,200 ft.
1523381400April 10, 2018 5:30pmSummit - Summit Road ObsDrove through Summit Area looking for wet loose and wet slab activity. Large dirty wet loose avalanche on Moose Mountain. Wet loose activity also noted on Silvertip, Fresno, and Lonestar. No wet slab …
1523379600April 10, 2018 5:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass Road ObsDrove the pass to look for wet loose and wet slab activity. Numerous wet loose avalanches including a very large wet loose on Pyramid. No wet slabs were seen. 42 F at the road in Turnagain Pass.
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