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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1233878400February 6, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - LippsThese skier triggered soft slabs pulled out additional surface slabs as the debris ran to the flats below. The bed surface was the January monsoon layer (hard dense slab up high transitioning to a …
1233619200February 3, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tincan Proper South aspectSkier triggered wind slab on South aspect of Tincan Proper, 3900 ft. Skier skied off the slab. This 12" deep wind slab ran the whole length of the slope sending debris onto the lower valley flats …
1233446400February 1, 2009 12:00Turnagain - Eddies South AspectThis is a photo of a wind slab that was intentionally triggered on the south face of Eddies. The party traveled as far back on the ridge as possible. It popped out with a tap of the ski.
1233446400February 1, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Center Ridge Weather StationJanuary Snowfall Totals for Center Ridge Wx Station 2009: 33" snow 5.4" water 2008: 40" snow 2.5" water 2007: 100" snow 7.4" water 2006: 38" snow n/a water
1233446400February 1, 2009 12:00Turnagain - Tincan South AspectShooting cracks high on Tincan ridge are an indication that the surface snow is unstable. Moderate to strong winds a few days earlier blew the new low density snow into 2-12" thick wind slab. Most …
1233360000January 31, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tin CanThis pit was dug on a SE aspect of Tin Can at 3000'. The top layers of this snowpack were decomposing precipitation particles on top of melt-freeze grains. Below we found the January facets that ar …
1233360000January 31, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Sunburst West AspectWe dug this pit at 2500 feet elevation on a west aspect. We could not find any facets yet directly above or below the melt- freeze crust approx. 1 ft. down. We did, however, get some moderate Q2 s …
1233360000January 31, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Main BowlThe big issue with our snowpack are those slippery crusts that you can feel under that light fluffy powder. They are not a problem today (other than sluffs), but they might be our next dangerous we …
1233187200January 29, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Todds Run, Tincan RidgeFound the facets from early Jan and Oct. Hard sheer tests.
1233187200January 29, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tincan RidgeTodds Run is mid Tincan Ridge. The top is close to 4000ft. This one foot, 50 foot wide wind slab was intentionaly triggered by Murphy and ran 1000 feet down the slope. These can act as great sta …
1233187200January 29, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tincan RidgeAfter triggering tender windslabs off the Ridge we dug a pit and got hard shears. CTH23Q2 32cm / CTH30 Q2 65 cm / CTH21Q2 65cm / CTH30+++Q2 161cm. Surface wind slabs were present on both north an …
1233187200January 29, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Tincan RidgeSkustad and Faucher working there way up Tincan Ridge. Winds out of the north.
1233100800January 28, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SuperbowlThanks for the reports and photos Peter. Here is a shot of a medium sized avalanche that appears to have ripped out during the last big storm.
1232928000January 26, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Goat PeakThanks for the great photos Jason. This natural avalanche happened on Monday 1/26/2009 at about 3:20 pm. A group of skiers near Surprise Bowl on Goat Peak heard a crack of some sort and conclude …
1232755200January 24, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Cornbiscuit North AspectBen and I dug this pit at 2100' on a N aspect. The total snowpack depth at this site was 4.5 feet. We got moderate Q3 shears on the January facets, which looked to be rounding out. The crust abo …
1232755200January 24, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Cornbiscuit West AspectDuring our tour up Cornbiscuit today, we saw a fairly large debris pile on the West aspect that stopped right at treeline. I'm guessing this avalanche happened the same time as the Magnum slide on …
1232755200January 24, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Center Ridge Weather Station-Red line shows this year's precip guage measurements -Blue line is last year -Green line is the long term average. This graph shows that we are below average precipitation for this season, and we …
1232668800January 23, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - SunburstThis is a pit dug near the top of Hoodoo face on Sunburst. We did find the January facets about 50 cm below the snow surface. They are showing signs of decomposing, and we could not get them to rea …
1232496000January 21, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - MagnumThis is a crown profile of a large class 3/small class 4 natural avalanche that occurred on Magnum last week. The avalanche occured sometime between January 14th and January 16th, 2009. The slide p …
1232496000January 21, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Magnum, T. PassMagnum Mt. class 3 avalanche, released at 3000 ft on west aspect on Jan 16, 2009.
1232496000January 21, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - MagnumBig pile of debris from this avalanche that occured between January 14-16.
1232409600January 20, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Main Bowl/Seattle RidgeJon and I dug this pit at 3000 feet on an ENE aspect. This is the third time I have dug in this spot (11/21/08 and 12/16/08 were the previous days) Amazingly we found the October surface hoar abou …
1232409600January 20, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Seattle RidgeRepeat Offender is the avalanche path above the snowmachine up- track that killed 6 people in 1999. We dug a pit at about 2200 feet. We found the January facets buried about 4 feet deep. This is …
1232236800January 18, 2009 12:00Turnagain - Tincan West AspectThese small class 1 avalanches were triggered by the first skier down the slope. They happened on a windloaded west aspect at 2500 feet near the skin track. These are excellent test slopes to jum …
1232150400January 17, 2009 12:00Outside of Advisory Area - Sunburst North AspectYou can barely see the debris piles at the bottom of Elevator Shaft and the chute to the looker's right. These natural avalanches possibly happened on Wed. 1/14.
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