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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1353888000November 26, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Seattle Ridge, Main BowlQuick trip up to Seattle ridge to take a look at both the east and west starting zones between 2200' and 2500'. Easterly aspects are thin (14-20" deep) and composed of loose faceted snow that is most …
1353769200November 24, 2012 3:00pmTurnagain - EddiesBelow is the graph of a pit which was dug on the SW shoulder of Eddies, just below the summit. This was dug in a previously wind loaded chute with a deeper snowpack than seen in other spots on the m …
1353765600November 24, 2012 2:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Lost Lake Plateau, near SewardWe found 10-40cm deep snowpack on Lost Lake trail run today. We seemed to be the first people travelling through the plateau in a while. Snow conditions were variable, including: 20 cm of pure fac …
1353757800November 24, 2012 11:50Girdwood/Portage - Notch MountainWe spent Friday night up at the powder hut. Long difficult skin for a shallow rocky snowpack. We herd and saw some massive whoomphs. Dug a pit right at the top of tree line above the hut. Scary set …
1353715200November 24, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Eddie's RidgeVentured up Eddie's NW shoulder to the high point. Collapsing in the old October facets was limited and localized, mainly just above treeline. There is 2-2 1/2 feet of loose, unsupportable snow in win …
1353679200November 23, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - MagnumPits are starting to show less propagation potential as the entire snowpack is changing to faceted forms. The depth hoar layer at the ground is still by far the weakest layer, and falls apart as you …
1353542400November 22, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Sunburst and beyondNatural avalanche was noted yesterday on the southwest face of Sunburst. This slide was just west of the Nov. 16th slide that was remotely triggered. Wind loading (minimal) occurred the night of Nov 2 …
1353542400November 22, 2012 12:00Turnagain - KickstepThis older avalanche on the southwest shoulder of Kickstep mountain was seen on Thursday, Thanksgiving. Likely released sometime between 11/12 and 11/19.
1353510000November 21, 2012 3:00pmTurnagain - Portage ValleyNatural avalanches, first seen on 11-21, in the Portage Valley
1353502800November 21, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - Seattle ridgeThis full depth natural avalanche happened sometime after the snowfall on Sunday 11-18. The entire region has very weak facets at the ground. The picture of with cracks near the ski track shows t …
1353369600November 20, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Quick Observation Observer: mcmanamy, AAS/ CPG Nov 20, 2012, 12:02 PM warm up bowl Lat/Lon:60.8227, -149.1893 Elevation: 2496 f Aspect: WSW Signs of Instability: Shooting Cracks, Whoomphing Sky Cover: …
1353250800November 18, 2012 3:00pmOutside of Advisory Area - Highland Road/South Fork Eagle RiverA group of us hiked to the top of North Bowl from the South Fork trail head. There was no snow in North Bowl so we decided to ski the narrow cross loaded, east facing gully directly back down to the …
1353168900November 17, 2012 4:15pmTurnagain - Center RidgeToured out Center Ridge today, on the backside of the observation Point beyond the Weather Station, there is 24 inches of unconsolidated powder. Dug a hasty pit there and at the end of the ridge. 4 …
1353110400November 17, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Sunburst south faceWent to take a look at the avalanche remotely triggered yesterday (Friday 11/16) on the southwest face of Sunburst just below the weather station. The original observation from 11/16 is below in the …
1353074400November 16, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - TincanSkied a few laps on Tincan Ski Resort, er... Tincan Peak, with a few dozen other folks. The mountain looked to average about 4-6" of new light, fluffy snow from this past week. Conditions were cal …
1353074400November 16, 2012 2:00pmTurnagain - SunburstThis slide was noticed on our descent towards taylor pass from the sunburst weather station. It seems very likely that our party triggered this avalanche. This slide was either remotely triggered f …
1353024000November 16, 2012 12:00Turnagain - TincanBeautiful day on Tincan above the stratus with calm-light wind. Appeared to be some rimey, small sfc hoar below tree line. Obvious sfc hoar above, increasing in size slightly up to the ridge. Littl …
1353024000November 16, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Motorized side of Turnagain Pass 2282 ft.
1352725200November 12, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - United StatesToured up Eddie's today... arrived at the top of the alders near 1200' and dug a pit to find 40 cm of snow, with the buried surface hoar 20 cm down. Performed two compression tests on a 30 degree s …
1352725200November 12, 2012 1:00pmTurnagain - TincanLots of people touring up Tincan on this sunny and warm November day. From the base up to about 1800' there was a pretty stout but breakable rain crust with surface hoar growing on top. Above 1800' …
1352678400November 12, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Photo below was taken from the road one day after the avalanche was triggered in Todd's run, Monday Nov 12th. Suspect weak layer is the October facets. NNW to N aspect at ~3500ft and ran 6-700 verti …
1352678400November 12, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Todd's Run, Tin CanThere were two tracks on the far right side of Todd's upon our arrival. We noticed a hard icy patch of snow at the top of the far left side of Todd's, but the snow was much softer around this area. …
1352592000November 11, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Taylor Pass areaA quick look in the Taylor Pass area to see the extent of the snow and wind from the weekend as well as how the Oct facets are faring. Only 2-3 inches of wet snow fell around treeline that was beginn …
1352592000November 11, 2012 12:00Turnagain - Tincan CommonWe skied on the North West aspect of Tincan common and saw limited new avalanche activity. What activity we saw was mostly in wind deposited areas and near ridges. The pockets that released were sm …
1352561400November 10, 2012 3:30pmGirdwood/Portage - Raven GlacierAvalanche Report. 11.10.12. Raven Glacier Area. Summary: Skier triggered avalanche on a north facing aspect between the Raven and Milk Glaciers at approximately 4000 feet. Skiers were skinnin …
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