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Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Road Obs including Portage

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Route & General Observations

Girdwood to Johnson Pass parking and back with a spin through Portage.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Unknown
Aspect UnknownElevationunknown
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownVertical Rununknown
Avalanche Details

There was avalanche activity on almost all avalanche terrain observed. Some was "dirty" indicating that avalanches were running down into the basal facets. Hard to see activity above 2500'. Skier side was of Turnagain was completely in the clouds. Most of Seattle Ridge has slid. Couldn't see if it had covered the uptrack but ran very close. Hard to get good photos with poor visibility.

Along the Seward highway there were some impressive results from AKRR/DOT hazard mitigation work and in Portage Valley some deep crowns.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Many natural avalanches and some artillery triggered ones along highway and RR corridor

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Raining, heavy at times,
Mostly terrible visibility for observations on T-Pass and in Portage
36F for most of drive on truck thermometer
Gusty Easterly winds

Photos & Video
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