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Individuals may have widely differing perceptions, for a given location, date, and time, of the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, of avalanche hazards, and of skiing or snowboarding conditions. The hazards and conditions reported in an observation can change rapidly. In addition, individuals can differ greatly in both their perception of objective hazards and their acceptance of the risk to personal safety of these hazards.

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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1486818000February 11, 2017 1:00pmChugach State Park - Harp Mountain/Hiland RoadRoute from Hiland road up NW facing ridge line toward Harp Mountain. Previous wind loading on North aspects and North facing cornices were observed.
1486249200February 4, 2017 11:00pmChugach State Park - Hidden Valley. Near South Fork Eagle River. And south side of Harp mountainStandard route to Harp Mountain. Instead of climbing Harp we routed to Hidden Valley. Many cornices and most slopes looked windblown. The observed avalanches were post slide. We did not observe active …
1485694800January 29, 2017 1:00pmChugach State Park - Gordon Lyon / Arctic ValleyToured up the valley between Gordon Lyon and Arctic Valley. Skinned and skied the E aspect above the tubing hill / parking lot. LOTS of whumphing and cracking around skis. Very shallow snowpack in thi …
1485363600January 25, 2017 5:00pmChugach State Park - Bear Valley area.Took the dog for walk today, snowshoed on Bear Valley slopes. Windy on ridgetops.
1485097200January 22, 2017 3:00pmChugach State Park - Anchorage Front RangeQuick tour to look at snowpack structure and storm totals in S. Anchorage Front Range.
1485093600January 22, 2017 2:00pmChugach State Park - Above South Fork Trailhead, Eagle RiverYesGroup of 5 skiers followed pre-existing track up the right side of the high traffic "gully" just South of South Fork Creek Trailhead until ~3200ft and begin traversing North searching for deeper, more …
1484574900January 16, 2017 1:55pmChugach State Park - Arctic ValleyTop of TBar at Arctic Ski Valley. Joined ski patrol members to assess snow conditions from recent storm. Ski area received ~1 ft new light dry snow by midday on Monday. This has fallen over variable …
1484167980January 11, 2017 8:53pmChugach State Park - SF Eagle River/Rendevous Ridge Trail intersectionWhen you are waiting for a back to heal and the snow to come...it is time to go practice snowpit skills and gather snowpit observations!! Hiked up SF Eagle River Trail to Rendevous Ridge Trail. Did …
1483372800January 2, 2017 4:00pmChugach State Park - Little O Malley GullyHiked up Little O Malley Gully from Glenn Alps Trailhead.
1482062400December 18, 2016 12:00pmChugach State Park - Arctic ValleyToured above Arctic Valley Ski Area to the saddle between Mount Gordon Lyon and Rendevous Peak. We observed pockets of wind slab near treeline and above tree line on E, S, and W facing terrain feature …
1480939200December 5, 2016 12:00pmChugach State Park - Ptarmigan Peak, 61.05733N, 149.60190WYesApproached via Rabbit Creek, ascended Ptarmigan southwest slopes. Little to no snow on slopes at elevations below 4300', with exception of drifted snow in drainages. Avalanches observed in gullies opp …
1459084380March 27, 2016 1:13pmChugach State Park - peak 3Quick tour to peak 3. Light blowing snow, possible graupel and strong gusts.
1458504000March 20, 2016 8:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 3I tried to traverse from Flatttop to Ptarmigan Pass, due recent (less than 24 hrs) snowfall it was slow and deep. I tried to stay on the ridge following the alpine/summer route. There was a lot of new …
1458500400March 20, 2016 7:00pmChugach State Park - Chugach State ParkQuick after dinner tour into Chugach State Park to see how new snow is bonding to Friday's surface. Deliberately avoided any avalanche terrain this evening.
1458302400March 18, 2016 12:00pmChugach State Park - Chugach State ParkMid day tour into Chugach State Park to capitalize on the new snow before winds come in.
1456423200February 25, 2016 6:00pmChugach State Park - Harp Mountain - South Fork, Eagle RiverYesOriginal Observation posted Feb.26 We had been skiing Harp Mountain regularly for the preceding several weeks in fine, stable conditions, and on Thursday we were hoping to catch what we'd come to p …
1455897600February 19, 2016 4:00pmChugach State Park - Above S.Fork Eagle River trailheadDue to wind distribution, snow coverage is varied from bare to drifted areas almost 2m deep. We dug on a 32 degree NE slope at about 2600'. In places, there were several thin layers of pencil-1finger …
1452977789January 16, 2016 8:56pmChugach State Park - Ptarmigan West FaceToured up standard route to the West Ridge of Ptarmigan. Skinned until around 4400' and then stopped to transition to booting. While transitioning we decided to dig a quick pit. Didn't like what the p …
1451635200January 1, 2016 8:00Chugach State Park - Flattop Mountain - Avalanche across summer hiking trailYesPlease see below avalanche observation from the Front Range. This information was sent in to us by Bob Lohr. UPDATE: We have received reports that this avalanche was triggered by a two hikers. One …
1451570400December 31, 2015 2:00pmChugach State Park - Harp mtn, Eagle RiverYesSkinned up the ridge, noted multiple wind slabs, intentionally triggered cornice slab on the skin up. Ski cut to get this one to release. 1-2 ft crown, 100 ft wide, 4 ft deep and ran over 1000 ft to t …
1451507269December 30, 2015 8:27pmChugach State Park - Peak 3YesStandard Peak 3 ski run.
1448719200November 28, 2015 2:00pmChugach State Park - Powerline pass trailYesGlen Alps trailhead toward Powerline pass.
1448715600November 28, 2015 1:00pmChugach State Park - Harp Mountain -- South Fork Eagle RiverSkinned up from Hiland Rd, along the drainage. Very low snowpack, mostly wind scoured with wind loaded drainages. Dug two pits at 3200ft, continued further up W aspect until finding many hard wind sla …
1448653530November 27, 2015 7:45pmChugach State Park - GlenAlps Powerline TrailYesWet slide originated in gully between Peak 2 and Peak 3, and ran down to about 1/2 way between the trail and the river. No signs of human trigger.
1446886800November 7, 2015 9:00Chugach State Park - O'Malley Peak, NW ButtressYesThe slab that released was located on a small bench above a pitch of water ice/cliffs, O'Malley Peak, NW Buttress.
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