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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1425074400February 27, 2015 10:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Taproot (Spenard)Toured to the Taproot to go to the snowball and support the avalanche center and avalanche school. Recent activity: Yes - great music and fun dancing. Signs of instability: Yes - every time the band …
1390654800January 25, 2014 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - FlattopHiked up Flattop today and noticed the "wind tunnel" area between Flattop and Blueberry Hill had slid during this cycle. The trail was covered in debris for 200' or so. Of note - this is the same spot …
1388246400December 28, 2013 4:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Hiland Rd. AreaHiland Rd. area- Did a tour out from South Creek parking area. Temps in the mid-20's winds from the SE in the teen's, lighting was flat. No observed signs of recent avalanches, No signs of instability …
1388138400December 27, 2013 10:00Anchorage Front Range - Anchorage - Ptarmigan PassSee Snow Pilot jpg to view a quicky generalized profile. Skiing was acceptable (read - Not breakable) as I was expecting heinous turning conditions. Good bit of glare ice at the bottom of my run whi …
1383483600November 3, 2013 1:00pmAnchorage Front Range - OMalley Ridge, Front RangeWhile hiking in the Front Range of the Chugach, myself and my hiking partner triggered a wind slab on an isolated snowfield on the southern aspect of the O'Malley Ridge. I was bootpacking up a section …
1364342400March 27, 2013 12:00Anchorage Front Range - Peak 2, Front Range[Just an FYI - know this is outside your advisory area!) Date: 3/27/2013 Time: 1800 - 2030 Location: Peak 2, Anchorage Front Range Route: Traveled from Canyon Road to the bowl between Peaks 2 an …
1364234400March 25, 2013 6:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Bear Valley - Chugach Front RangeWe took a tour up to a slope above Bear Valley yesterday evening during the tail end of the snow event. The conditions were phenomenal, we measured 25+ inches of low density snow at several locatio …
1356703200December 28, 2012 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 2-3 areaClimbed up to near the Peak 3 shoulder and dug a pit at 3500' West facing where slope angle was 29 degrees in strong wind and with rapid loading (86cm pit filled in 1/4 of the way multiple times while …
1355580000December 15, 2012 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 2, Southwest BowlPoked around the Peak 3 area to see what the conditions were like. As stated in a previous observation, the snowpack was dismal consisting of wind scoured and wind blown areas. I toured/bushwhacked …
1355443200December 14, 2012 12:00Anchorage Front Range - Peak 3Snow science trip to see how the Front Range snowpack is shaping up at Peak 3. It's still frustratingly thin, but now has a substantial windpacked base that's hopefully here to stay. As usual, snow …
1332684000March 25, 2012 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 3I went up to Peak 3 to see how Friday's wind/snow effected the snowpack in the front range. There was a solid wind slab on the surface pretty much the whole way up, giving the snopack a very hollow …
1332091800March 18, 2012 5:30pmAnchorage Front Range - Flat Top MountainToured up to the top of Flat Top on Sunday. Conditions were beautiful with temps in the 20s and mostly sunny skies. Saw lots of surface hoar along the tour up from the bottom to the top which is r …
1329217909February 14, 2012 11:11Anchorage Front Range - Front RangeRaced the winds to get in a couple decent laps from the top of pk3 this afternoon. Started out with moderate winds (on the low end of the scale) and relatively unconsolidated windbuffed powder in the …
1328536800February 6, 2012 2:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Canyon Rd, AnchorageNasty snow conditions in the Front Range, at least up the Rabbit Creek drainage. The snow is wet up to the ridges and really wet below. Serious wind damage. Many areas where the snow is usually thi …
1328479200February 5, 2012 10:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Motocross track in AnchorageThis slide is out of the forecast area and is rarely skied because of the junk cars on the bluff but I figured I would email you the pics anyway. I frequent this area with the dog a lot and have seen …
1328313600February 4, 2012 12:00Anchorage Front Range - Canyon Road, AnchorageWent up towards peak 2 & 3. Cracking all over the place. Wind loaded areas on slopes only about 15-20 degrees on the approach had enough energy to pop out a bit, but not move more than that. Tu …
1328054400February 1, 2012 12:00Anchorage Front Range - Front Range above AnchorageReport from the Chugach front range this afternoon. Just returned from hike above golden view. Major winds and wind loading - east to southeast winds gusting to 80? Suspect slab avalanches on flattop, …
1326635100January 15, 2012 1:45pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 2, South BowlToured up the south side of the Peak 2/Peak 3 area. Along the exposed ridge line the snow was very thin and wind blown with varying wind slabs, hard crusts, and soft snow pockets. Went up the south …
1326038400January 8, 2012 4:00pmAnchorage Front Range - 3rd and 4th Peaks, Rabbit Creek ValleySkied between 3rd and 4th peaks into Rabbit Creek Valley. Good snow until the wind kicked up. Temps 10 deg F, winds out of the north strong moving snow and filling in our uptrack. Kept the angle dow …
1326024000January 8, 2012 12:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 3Skied the main bowl of peak three this morning. Winds increased from the AM through the end of our ski at 1pm. On the ridge winds were moderate to strong from the NW transporting snow. Visibility …
1325937600January 7, 2012 12:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Peak 3Toured up Peak 3 today and skied down the NW facing slope just below the summit. At the top, temps were in the single digits with moderate winds blowing from the North. Low clouds and light snow ma …
1325170800December 29, 2011 3:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Anchorage Front RangeFun stable skiing in the Anchorage front range the last two days. 12-30" of new snow since Xmas day. Evidence of early wind slabs forming just below ridges (light winds over the last several days), …
1322863200December 2, 2011 10:00pmAnchorage Front Range - Bear Valley, Mchugh peakMcHugh Peak ~2500'-2000' on approx 38 degree slope HS-N-R4-D2+-O Slab thickness varied from 30-45cm and appears to have released sometime around the heavy rain on 12/2/11 say 2200-2300hrs. What is …
1317513600October 2, 2011 12:00Anchorage Front Range - Ptarmigan PeakThis photo was taken the following morning (see photo below)as we woke to 20-30" of storm snow. Notice the wet slab that settled to within feet of this tent! WS-N-R2-D2-S.
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