Observation: Turnagain, Girdwood

Location: Road Obs - Portage, Seward Highway, Girdwood

Route & General Observations

Drove halfway down Portage Glacier Road and down the Seward highway back to Girdwood around 2:30 pm. Snow line now starts halfway up the mountains in this region. No new snow was observed under treeline. Abundant roller balls and several steep loose avalanches were observed near ridgetops.

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

Wet loose avalanches on a variety of Southerly aspects at upper elevations in Girdwood and along Seward Highway, specifically on Raggedtop, Max's, and Orca.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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1430 hrs in Portage: Broken clouds, 39 degrees F, wind 5 gusting to 9 from the E.
1500 hrs in Girdwood: Scattered clouds, 38 degrees F, wind 2 gusting to 6 from the NE.

Snow surface



Snow line is at ~1500 ft currently.

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