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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1546610400January 4, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Petes NorthToured Pete's North. Photo below - Glide cracks along up-route on Lipps (seen from Pete's North). The small crack on the left of the photo is new as of Friday, Jan 4.
1546540020January 3, 2019 6:27pmTurnagain - TincanTook standard uptrack from Tincan PL to 2500ft on Tincan. Did quick pit at 2328ft, 100yds NE of beaded string station. Skied out N. end below First Drop.
1546529400January 3, 2019 3:30pmTurnagain - Lipps and Bench Peak zoneSeveral recent glide avalanches were reported near Bench Peak and another chuck slide off of Lipps. One of the glide avalanches near Bench was visible from the road, off-angle, South facing slope, sta …
1546525800January 3, 2019 2:30pmSummit - Summit Road ObsDrove through Summit between 2:30 - 3pm to look for recent avalanches post New Years Storm. Found evidence (debris and filled in crowns) from numerous D2 (large) avalanches. These were all on South to …
1546524000January 3, 2019 2:00pmTurnagain - Seattle Ridge (Warmup/-1 Bowl)YesSeattle Ridge up-track to investigate avalanche reported in Warmup Bowl.
1546524000January 3, 2019 2:00pmHatcher Pass - Road ObsSnowmachined (as state parks employee) from Independence Mine down to Fishhook Lot to put in the trail corridor and drove down to Archangel trailhead to look for recent avalanches after the New Years' …
1546520400January 3, 2019 1:00pmGirdwood/Portage - Penguin Peak and Orca2-3 glide avalanches on S facing slopes of Penguin Peak and one crack still intact. Starting zone was around 2000'. N aspect of Orca had recent debris
1546434000January 2, 2019 1:00pmTurnagain - SunburstStandard Sunburst uptrack, to an upper elevation of 3100'. Looking for instabilities within the recent storm snow, and the existence of buried surface hoar at multiple elevations.
1546426800January 2, 2019 11:00Chugach State Park - South Fork Eagle River, Hiland Road mile 7.3Two avalanches observed along upper Hiland Road in the steep chutes along the east side of the valley. The first at mile 7.3, the other higher up in the bowl just south of the first. Both originated i …
1546401624January 2, 2019 4:00Turnagain - Road ObsDrove through Turnagain Pass around 10:30am and again at 3:30pm after a tour up Sunburst. Visibility was good and we could see a few mid-storm small avalanches (D1-1.5) on specific steep terrain featu …
1546362900January 1, 2019 5:15pmChugach State Park - Arctic ValleyPoked around to do some turns near the ski area - saw an avalanche that had slid to the ground with a decent runout under chair 2 in Rondy Bowl. Lots of wind transport happening, snow surface was supp …
1546279140December 31, 2018 5:59pmChugach State Park - Peak 3YesRegular route up peak 3
1546264800December 31, 2018 2:00pmTurnagain - Turnagain Pass (Seattle Ridge) between uptrack and parking lotFront face on the motorized side - 2 common offenders (between main parking lot & uptrack) appear to have released mid storm. otherwise really quiet day in the pass.
1546257600December 31, 2018 12:00pmTurnagain - Tincan to 3200'Standard uptrack to the top of Common bowl. Checking out stability after the storm. Looking for the presence of buried surface hoar under the 12/31 storm snow, and the effect of the high winds at uppe …
1546250400December 31, 2018 10:00Summit - ManitobaStandard uptrack.
1546195020December 30, 2018 6:37pmSummit - TenderfootStandard Tenderfoot up-track to 2700', dug at various locations looking for evidence of buried surface hoar, recent wind effect and the previously noted crust facet interfaces.
1546189860December 30, 2018 5:11pmHatcher Pass - Independence mine areaThree groups traveled to Cross Hill, Independence Mine, and below Eldorado Bowl
1546178400December 30, 2018 2:00pmSummit - FresnoAAS Level 2 toured to investigate the status of persistent weak layer in the shallower Summit zone snowpack.
1546177500December 30, 2018 1:45pmSummit - ColoradoSkinned up ridge to Colorado Plateau. Pit enroute at 2800' unreactive - found crust 15 cm above ground and observed similar results to a pit at same site one week prior. Pit at 3700' showed instabilit …
1546174800December 30, 2018 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanToured from Center Ridge parking lot up to Tincan tree line.
1546155780December 30, 2018 7:43Turnagain - Glide crack on southwest face of LippsI've attached a photo of the glide crack on Lipps from Friday the 28th. The crack had opened about 1-2 feet at that point. Old ski tracks crossed the crack indicating it had opened since the run had l …
1546154400December 30, 2018 7:20Summit - ManitobaManitoba skin track to 2,750 feet of elevation, just above tree line. Wind loading and cornices were the only red flag observed.
1546118220December 29, 2018 9:17pmTurnagain - Lipps - south faceYesLarge glide crack had avalanched since most recent snow fall.
1546095600December 29, 2018 3:00pmTurnagain - Petes NorthYesPete's North to 3000 on a SW aspect
1546092000December 29, 2018 2:00pmChugach State Park - Glen Alps - Blueberry HillToured at Glen Alps for our Level 1 Refresher to do companion rescue practice and take a look at the snowpack. Turned around at the top of Blueberry Hill due to very flat light and poor visibility.
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