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REGION: Summit

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 28th, 2015
Location:   Manitoba (with map)
Observation:   AAS/AAI Level 3 Travel Day Summary Time: 8:45 AM to 2:45 PM Route: Manitoba, up the SW face and then one lap down a northern bowl. Weather: Few clouds in the morning, transitioning to partly cloudy, with thin high clouds arriving mid-afternoon. Temperatures between 10-20f, with light winds from the North at ridge line. Snowpack: Thin coverage, with 1-3mm surface hoar abo >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 28th, 2015
Location:   Seattle Ramp in Seattle Creek (with map)
Observation:   No collapsing, cracking, or recent avalanches observed. See attachment for snow pit stability test results
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: H.Thamm
Date:   Jan 27th, 2015
Location:   Superbowl (with map)
Observation:   Field Observations Jan.27, 2015 Route Cornbiscuit to Superbowl 3900' Weather Temps: 15-20*F Wind: Calm Sky: Clear Precip: None Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-No slabs, some small (D1) loose snow "sluffing" on steep terrain Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing - NO Glide Avalanches/Cracks- No evidence of recent glide avalanches observed, but some recent glide mov >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Eeva Latosuo
Date:   Jan 27th, 2015
Location:   Magnum (with map)
Observation:   AAS/AAI Level 3 course collected observations in the Magnum ridgeline. Route: Taylor Creek approach to NW ridge uptrack, PMS bowl and West face. Weather: Temps teens to midtwenties. Sunshine felt warm. No wind. No precip. Red flags: Recent avalanches - no Cracking - no Collapsing - no Surface conditions: Good ski conditions overall (except low elevations with vegetation/alder/ice c >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Don Sharaf
Date:   Jan 27th, 2015
Location:   Manitoba Mtn (with map)
Observation:   On the way up Manitoba Peak here were some average snow depths on the West Aspect: 1400' - 5-10cm 2100' - 55cm 2900' - 120 cm 3500' - 150 cm NE aspect at 3500-3700' - 50-80 cm No collapsing or cracking or reaction so skiers on slopes to 38 degrees. No recent avalanche activity.
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Wagner / Fitzgerald
Date:   Jan 26th, 2015
Location:   Girdwood Valley
Observation:   Route: Crow Creek trail/valley, 3,700' high point. Weather: Skies - partly cloudy, mid-level clouds Temperatures - 5-10F, chilly Wind - Calm with occasional southerly light breeze No Precipitation Obvious Signs of Instability: Recent avalanches - NO (several older D1-D2 slides, shallow slabs and sluffs, from 1/24 - 1/25 wind and few inches of new snow) Collapsing - YES (2ish day old >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Fitzgerald/Predeger
Date:   Jan 25th, 2015
Location:   Cornbiscuit/Goldpan (with map)
Observation:   Route Cornbiscuit - Goldpan Weather Clear skies, cold temps, brief period of light North winds 11-12pm 6 deg F @ 1,000’ at 10am and 4 pm Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing-NO Glide Cracks/Avalanches-No recent movement or releases Surface Obs 2” of very low density snow from 1,000’ to ridgetops blankets the surface Observed very >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Wagner / Latosuo
Date:   Jan 24th, 2015
Location:   Seattle Ridge / Warmup Bowl (with map)
Observation:   Route: Seattle ridge common up-track to Warmup Bowl. High point 3,000'. Weather: Overcast skies Light snowfall - trace accumulation through the day Ridgetop winds - light to moderate from the West Temperatures - teens F Obvious Signs of Instability: Recent avalanches - NO Collapsing - NO Cracking - NO We did see one cornice break that looked to have possibly been in the past 48 hour >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Sykes/Wagner
Date:   Jan 23rd, 2015
Location:   Tenderfoot - Summit Lake (with map)
Observation:   Route: Tenderfoot campground to 3200' Weather: Broken skies, calm to light winds from the south, no precipitation, and temperatures in the upper 20's Obvious Signs: Recent Avalanches: None Collapsing: None Shooting Cracks: One very small section of wind effected snow had 1-2' shooting cracks on tenderfoot ridge. Snow Surface: 1000-2000': 2-4" of loose snow over very firm ice crus >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Fitzgerald/Thamm
Date:   Jan 23rd, 2015
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:   Route Sunburst up to 3,700’ Weather Partly cloudy skies with valley fog developing at 2pm No Precip Calm wind below 2,500’, light NE wind above 2,500’ 5-10mph Temps in the mid to high 20s F Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing-NO Glide Cracks- The crack on Eddie’s headwall (W facing) has reopened (photo) sometime within the last >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: H.Thamm
Date:   Jan 22nd, 2015
Location:   Seattle Ridge (with map)
Observation:   Field Observations Jan.22, 2015 Route Seattle Ridge to 2800' Weather Temps: 23*F Wind: Light (5-10mph) Sky: Obscured Precip: snow accumulation up to 1" Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing - NO Surface Obs - 1000': 1" of new snow on 1" of hoar frost on ground 1500': 1" of new/low density snow on crust 2000': 1" of new snow o >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Alex McLain
Date:   Jan 22nd, 2015
Location:   Summit Lake (with map)
Observation:   Today light snow was falling up at Summit Lake. Snowfall started at about 1200 today. Over the past week 1-3" of low density snow had fallen at lower elevation. Overall shallow snowpack down low that improves above 2300'. Avalanche Activity: YES Tri Tip (south aspect small cornice break D-1) Butch Peak South Aspect Cornice Break D-2. See Pictures below. Weather Conditions: Snow sho >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Sykes/Kate Fitz
Date:   Jan 21st, 2015
Location:   Cornbiscuit, Super Bowl, Gold Pan
Observation:   Route: Magnum/Cornbiscuit parking lot up Cornbiscuit ridge to 3500', skied in super bowl and gold pan Weather: Clear skies, temperatures in 20's, calm to light winds, no precip. Obvious Signs: Avalanches: Multiple cornice triggered slabs of unknown age. Largest avalanche in gold pan looked quite fresh. Isolated wind slabs on S face of Magnum/Super bowl partially filled. Collapsing: NO >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: H.Thamm
Max's
Date:   Jan 21st, 2015
Location:   Girdwood (with map)
Observation:   Field Observations Jan.21, 2015 Route Max's to 3200ft Weather Temps: 20*F Wind: Calm Sky: Sunny Precip: None Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing - NO Surface Obs - 500' -2000': In tree canopy no snow accumulation 2000': In open areas HS≈50cm, 1" low density (faceting) snow on melt/freeze crust, w/ recent surface hoar growth >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Predeger/ Thamm/ Fitz
Date:   Jan 20th, 2015
Location:   Corn Biscuit (with map)
Observation:   Route: Magnum parking lot to 3100’ on Corn Biscuit. Weather: Mostly sunny above 1500’. Low fog bank persisted at the road elevation up to about 1500’. Winds were light from the North and West all day. Temperatures in the mid-20’s at ridgetops. Obvious Signs of Instability: Recent avalanches – Very small wind slab appears to have been triggered yesterday from cornice bre >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 19th, 2015
Location:   Goldpan
Observation:   We toured up taylor pass and onto Goldpan on monday. we skied various lines in Goldpan, including the predominant spine where the cornice released. As we were skinning back over to Magnum a group of 3 began to ascend into the gut of that we had skied and proceeded to climb up and over the cornice onto the ridge. they then cut a fairly large piece of the cornice which caused the looker's rig >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Girdwood

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 19th, 2015
Location:   Big League (with map)
Observation:   Below are several great photos sent in to us of the Big League area East of Alyeska Ski Resort. FORECASTER NOTE: We do not have details as to when these avalanches slid. Possibly toward the tail end of the last storm on Jan. 15. We do know they are in the high elevation band above 3,500' - releasing closer to 4000' on Westerly (leeward) aspects. This zone received snow during the Jan 14/15 st >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Wagner
Date:   Jan 19th, 2015
Location:   Tincan (with map)
Observation:   Route: Tincan common up route to 3,600' (Todd's Bowl). Weather: Mostly clear skies with mid level clouds moving in from East. Light, but picking up slightly, Northeasterly winds on ridgeline. Temperatures in the mid 20's on ridgetop. No precipitation. Obvious Signs of Instability: Recent avalanches - NO Collapsing - NO Cracking - NO Snow surface conditions: Surface hoar extends from >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 19th, 2015
Location:   Manitoba (with map)
Observation:   Stayed at Manitoba Hut 1/17 - 1/19. Arrived to 1 in new snow on morning of 1/17. Got another inch overnight. Crust over ice to 2100 ft with decent skiing above that. Manitoba bowl heavily tracked by end of day on 1/18. No sign of recent avalanches in Manitoba area or Fresno Ck, but did see what looked like older wet snow avalanches in gullies on E side road approx 3 mi north of Manitoba. See p >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Fitzgerald, J-Bloom
Date:   Jan 18th, 2015
Location:   Magnum Ridge/PMS (with map)
Observation:   Route Magnum to top of PMS bowl (3,500’) Weather Mostly clear skies with occasional mid level clouds Temps @ 1,000’:24 F @ 10am, 34F @ 4:30pm No Precip Calm winds Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing-NO Observed several glide cracks for the first time that likely formed more than 48 hrs prior. Skied next to one in PMS Bowl around 2, >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Fitzgerald
Date:   Jan 17th, 2015
Location:   Tincan (with map)
Observation:   Route Tincan up to Common Bowl ~3,400 Weather Calm winds Skies gradually clearing through the afternoon hours, some valley fog Temps in the high 20sF above treeline No precip in the afternoon Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO * Collapsing-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Observed recent glide activity on Eddies S face, likely over 48 hrs old, and 1 release near the headwaters >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Fitzgerald/Thamm
Date:   Jan 16th, 2015
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:   Route Sunburst up to 3,300’ Weather Showery precip, with Rain/Snow line around 1,500’. Precip ended by 2pm. Temps mild, 37 deg F at 1,000’ @ 12pm, 36 deg F at 1,000’ @ 4pm Winds light to moderate out of the East with plumes visible on Magnum Ridge, loading SW starting zones Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing-NO We observed s >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Alex McLain
Date:   Jan 15th, 2015
Location:   Summit Lake (with map)
Observation:   Recent Avalanche Activity: Yes (2 on Moose Mt and 2 on Butch near Lower Summit Lake) All ran 50 to 75 percent of slide path in channeled gullies. Fresno Ridge (3440ft elev.) Temperature: 28F Winds: NE 20-30mph with a max gust of 55mph out of the NE. Summit Lake Snotel site: Temperature:35F Rain (0.5" of Rain) Snow line was around 2000' give or take. Overall natural avalanches are >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Fitzgerald/Sykes
Date:   Jan 15th, 2015
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:   Route Sunburst up to 3,300’ Weather Mild temps - 41 @ 1,000’ at 10am, 37 F @ 1,000’ @ 2pm Light to moderate winds out of the East 5-15 mph Rain/Snow Line around 2,500’ dropping to ~2,000’ in the afternoon Rain & snow showers < 2” snow accumulation above 2,500’ Overcast to fully obscured skies Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-observed some newer debris on Se >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Predeger
Snowmo Up-Track
Date:   Jan 14th, 2015
Location:   Repeat Offender (with map)
Observation:   Route: DOT lot to 2,000 on Snowmachine up-track. Weather: 37 degrees at parking lot and steady, moderate rain all day. Winds were moderate and variable though just began to pick up late in the afternoon. Obvious Signs of Instability: Recent avalanches: None observed beyond well-documented Glides across the forecast zone, see previous observations. Collapsing: No Cracking: No S >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Sykes/Thamm
Tincan to 2700'
Date:   Jan 13th, 2015
Location:   Tincan
Observation:   Field Observations Jan. 13, 2015 Route: Tincan to 2700' Weather: Temps in upper 30's at parking lot, moderate to light rain until 1100, mostly cloudy skies, light winds with moderate gusts above tree line. Obvious Signs of Instability: Recent avalanches: Several recent glide avalanche releases on Seattle ridge and S face eddies. Exact age of glide releases is unknown but are with >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: H.Thamm
Road Obs
Date:   Jan 13th, 2015
Location:   Turnagain Pass (with map)
Observation:   There has been more recent glide activity over the last 2 days. The exact timing of when these glide avalanches occurred is unknown, but there is some new snow coverage on one of them. The other two look a little fresher and were probably within the last 24 hours. Snow coverage along the road is melting fast, but Tincan still has 8" on the ground and you can still skin from the parking a >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: T Glassett
Date:   Jan 13th, 2015
Location:   Turnagain Pass (with map)
Observation:   Rd Patrol Observed all glides previously submitted and one on Cornbiscuit SW face
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: H. Thamm
Tincan to 3400'
Date:   Jan 11th, 2015
Location:   Tincan (with map)
Observation:   Field Observations Jan.11, 2015 Route Tincan to 3400ft Weather Temps: 37*F at parking lot and 31*Fat 3400ft Wind: Northeast, 10-20mph Sky: Partly cloudy Precip: None Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-YES - Recent glide avalanches on East face of Seattle and South face of Eddies Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing - NO Surface Obs - 1000': 1" crust on 8" moist sno >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: H. Thamm
Glide Crack Activity
Date:   Jan 11th, 2015
Location:   Turnagain Pass (with map)
Observation:   Field Observations Jan.11, 2015 Route Tincan to 3400' Weather Temps: 37*F at Road Wind: East 10-20mph Sky: Partly Cloudy Precip: Light rain near Portage, no precip observed in Turnagain Pass Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-YES - Evidence of glide avalanches on E. Face of Seattle and S. Face of Eddies Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing - NO Photos taken from Sew >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 11th, 2015
Location:   Taylor Pass (with map)
Observation:   AAS Level 2 Avy Group: B. Edwards, J. Libby, R. Johnson, K. Reardon, K.R. Libby See photos and captions below along with video and pit profile. We couldn't get correct symbol for top layer on crust- it is not surface hoar-- it is near surface facets and needles.
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 11th, 2015
Location:   Manitoba Mtn (with map)
Observation:   Skied Manitoba Mountain, icy road skinned up, walked down. about 2500 to 2600 feet left crust-ice to gain snow. Partly sunny day, temps barely above freezing no wind, and no precip. Dug a pit 24 inches top to ground, little if no depth hoar, 18 inches of wet rounded snow, an inch of ice then 4 or 5 inches of wet snow with a thin ice layer on top. CT24Q3.
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 11th, 2015
Location:   Seattle Ridge Common Uptrack (with map)
Observation:   Observers: Katie Strong, Susan Goodwin, Ryan Dougherty, Sean Lowther, Tyler Bieneman Weather: 30 deg F, slight rain noted at parking lot, otherwise no active precipitation. Broken Sky, Light winds from the N and NE. Red Flags: New active glide cracks within last 24 hours, including a release on Seattle Ridge at 2200 feet. Surface Observations: Wet smooth snow surface with rain crust in >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 11th, 2015
Location:   Seattle Ridge (with map)
Observation:   Toured up Seattle Ridge to 2,000 feet. Weather partly cloudy, 4 degrees C. Recent glide release, R1D2, on steep east-facing gully. Surface observations: melt-freeze crust that softened throughout the day. All layers moist.
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Eeva Latosuo
Date:   Jan 10th, 2015
Location:   Tincan Ridge (with map)
Observation:   AAS Level 2 group spend an afternoon looking for wet snow observations on Tincan. Route: Tincan Common Weather: Mostly to partly cloudy, calm wind, no precipitation, temperatures in the low 30's. Obvious Signs of Instability: Recent Avalanches: No, but active glide cracks appearing. Collapsing: No Cracking: No Most pertinent observation: We observed several glide cracks from ou >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: AAS L2 avalanche course
Date:   Jan 10th, 2015
Location:   Magnum (with map)
Observation:   Alaska Avalanche School Level two course day three. During our tour up Sunburst we were supported by coral reef snow conditions (melt freeze rain crust) to 2600' on the Sunburst ridge. No signs of instability were observed with the exception of widespread glide crack formation throughout Turnagain Pass. Difficult skinning and kick stepping on the ridge, due to hard and slick conditions, s >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Joe Stock
Date:   Jan 10th, 2015
Location:   Seattle Ridge (with map)
Observation:   Hi! My AAS Level 2 toured up to 2,000 feet on Seattle Ridge. My pit on the SE aspect revealed a ECTP24 on facets/surface hoar above a crust down 35 cm. In 10 other pits dug by the students in the area, half of them found this weak layer also at CT/ECT 24. The other pits found no failure. Low continuity it seems. Your low, low, none advisory does seem to be right, despite the glide activi >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Wagner / Sykes
Date:   Jan 9th, 2015
Location:   Magnum (with map)
Observation:   Route: Sunburst parking lot across Taylor creek and up the NW ridge of Magnum to 3300'. Weather: Mostly to partly cloudy, calm wind, no precipitation, temperatures in the low 30's. Obvious Signs of Instability: Recent Avalanches: No Collapsing: No Cracking: No Surface Observations: Snow cover has moved up a couple hundred feet above sunburst parking lot - we had to hike to around >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: H.Thamm/B.Kramp
Date:   Jan 8th, 2015
Location:   Tincan (with map)
Observation:   Field Observations Jan.8, 2015 Route Tincan to 2700' Weather Temps: 37F at parking lot and 34F at 2700' Wind: Northeast, 10-20mph Sky: Obscured Precip: Rain (light/mod) Rain line: ≈ 3000' +/- Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing - NO Surface Obs - 1000' - Saturated top 2" of snow on 6" of firm snow 2000' - 3" of wet satura >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Alex McLain
Date:   Jan 8th, 2015
Location:   Summit Lake Area (with map)
Observation:   Avalanche Activity: None observed or reported this week. Mountain Weather: Fresno Weather Station (3440'): Temperature:33F (Freeze line at or just above 3500' elevation) Winds NE-ENE 20-35mph with a peak gust of 57 mph. Summit Lake: Temperature: 38F Rain (Total amount of precipitation today (0.4" Rain) Snow Depth: 6" of snow at valley bottom
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Sykes/ Predeger
Date:   Jan 7th, 2015
Location:   Tenderfoot, Summit Lake Area (with map)
Observation:   Route: Tenderfoot uptrack to tenderfoot ridge up to 3500'. Weather: Clear skies, no precipitation, temperature at the car was 10* F but climbed to 32* F at the ridge top, calm to light winds. Obvious Signs of Instability: Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing-NO Surface Observations: Thin crust on surface up to 2000' with 4-7mm surface hoar above it. 2000-230 >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Girdwood

Observer: H.Thamm
Date:   Jan 6th, 2015
Location:   Upper Crow Creek (with map)
Observation:   Field Observations Jan.6, 2015 Route Upper Crow Creek road to Raggedtop bowl Weather Temps: low 20's F Wind: calm Skis: clear Precip: none Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing - NO Surface Obs - We found surface hoar growing on all aspects and elevations of our tour. 1000' - 5-8mm surface hoar on 1” crust on 2" of old snow on grou >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 6th, 2015
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:   2200' SW - CT17Q3(20cm) storm slab on MF crust - CT23Q3(50cm) rounds on density change - ECTX - 2-3mm SH found buried @ 55cm, no failure nor reaction either in CT or ECT (see photo 1) 3100' SSW - STH (30cm) 2-5mm SH, crystals were well formed but laying at an angle (see photo 2, poor quality). E winds have scoured the >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Girdwood

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 5th, 2015
Location:   NW shoulder Goat Mtn (with map)
Observation:   Route: Various high points around the Girdwood valley over a series of days. Weather: Clear skies, light East winds, nil precip. No Valley fog, either. Observed signs of instability: Recent natural avalanche on the NW shoulder of goat mountain (outlined in red in attached photos). It was a large avalanche, estimated to be D3 in size, and likely a hard slab. The crown was clearly visi >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 5th, 2015
Location:   N rib between Warmup Bowl and Bowl 1 (with map)
Observation:   No observed avalanche activity or signs of instability, Significant amount of surface hoar growth up to 10mm on Seattle Ridge. No buried surface hoar found at this elevation. Slope Angle 33, elevation 2250' CTN x 2 Shovel Shear Moderate at 40cm down Conditions variable, wind buff, coral reef, recycled pow, breakable, SUNNY.
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REGION: Summit

Observer: H. Thamm
Date:   Jan 4th, 2015
Location:   Tenderfoot Ridge, Summit Lake Area (with map)
Observation:   Field Observations Jan.4, 2015 Route Tenderfoot to ridgetop at 3100' Weather Temps: 1F at 1400' and 18Fat 3100' Wind: Calm Sky: Clear Precip: None Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing - NO Surface Obs - 1400' - 3-4" of low density snow on ground. 2000' - On Western aspect variable wind hardened supportable snow mixed with prote >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Girdwood

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 4th, 2015
Location:   United States (with map)
Observation:   No evidence of recent natural avalanche activity nor examples of red flags. Buried surface hoar of 2mm was observed at 2200' on the cat road in Girdwood Valley, 30 cm from the surface. Hand shear produced resistant planar results on the suspect layer and was qualified as 'strong' or resistant. It did not inspire confidence for steeper or exposed slopes. This weak layer was not found buried a >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Fitz, J-Bloom, Sykes
Date:   Jan 4th, 2015
Location:   Sunburst (with map)
Observation:   Route Taylor Creek>Taylor Pass>Sunburst Weather station Weather Clear skies, no precipitation, light winds out of North at 5mph, temps in the teens Some valley fog clearing out by mid afternoon Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing-NO Surface Observations Stout wind slab and crust, sastrugi, above 2,500’ Surface hoar continuing to grow a >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 3rd, 2015
Location:   Turnagian Pass-Sunburst Ridge to 3100ft (with map)
Observation:   These are composite observations of the participants from today's Alaska Avalanche School-Level Two Refresher class. Route: Toured from the Sunburst lot to 3100ft, up the usual west ridge skin track, with a total of 6 people. Weather: Skies were partly cloudy with sun in the afternoon. Light winds in the valley floor at 10-15mph but calm winds on the ridge above 2500'. Temps in th >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 3rd, 2015
Location:   Tin Can Common (with map)
Observation:   Composite observations from today's AAS Level 2 Refresher Course. Route: TinCan Common, normal west side uptrack Weather: Scattered Clouds. Calm to 5-7 mph North winds, Air temp -5 C, Snow temp -7 C Signs of Instability: None Surface Obs: Surface hoar visible at all elevations 2-4mm, larger down low. At 1400-1500ft melt freeze crust dissipates. Above 2,000 ft evidence of wind eff >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 2nd, 2015
Location:   Manitoba - Summit Lake (with map)
Observation:   Route: Manitoba hut to 3700 ft on Manitoba ridge. Weather: Temps: mid teens F Winds: Calm Skies: Clear Precip: None Obvious Signs: Recent Avalanches: None Shooting Cracks: None Collapsing: One localized collapse around 2500 ft near brush that was poking through the surface. Buried surface hoar found in a pit adjacent to this collapse. Surface Obs: 1000-1800' packed snow covere >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 2nd, 2015
Location:   Warm up Bowl S. Aspect (with map)
Observation:   We skied a variety of aspects on Warmup Bowl behind seattle ridge under clear skies, light winds, and moderate temperatures. It was nice to see temps below the mid thirties, in fact. There were no observed signs of instability, except for one localized whumph at ridge top. A snow pit dug on the sub-ridge that extends into the drainage (a southerly aspect for the bowl) produced strong >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 2nd, 2015
Location:   Corn Biscuit (with map)
Observation:   CornBiscuit Pit 3100' SSW ~34* HS 120cm CT 21 SC 40cm down on BSH of 3-5mm CT27 BRK on ground ECTP25 SP 40cm down on BSH ( dropped off the block) No recent avalanches, No signs of instability Clear, Calm, upper teens Variable but decent ski conditions
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Fitzgerald/Thamm
Date:   Jan 2nd, 2015
Location:   Tincan (with map)
Observation:   Route Tincan up to 3,400’ - Hippy Bowl Weather Clear skies, no precip, temps in the low 20s F, calm winds Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing-NO Observed 1 new glide crack @ 2,500’, W aspect below Kickstep Mt. Surface Observations Surface hoar has begun growing between road level (1,000’) and ridgetop level (3,500’). Size ranges >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Thamm/Fitzgerald
Date:   Jan 1st, 2015
Location:   Magnum - PMS Bowl (with map)
Observation:   Field Observations Jan.1, 2015 Route Sunburst parkinglot to SW side Magnum (3400') PMS bowl Weather Temps: high 20's F Wind: moderate w/ gusts in 20's mph NW Skies: broken Precip: none Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO Collapsing - NO Surface Obs 1000' - 1” crust on 4" of old snow 1600' - Rain crust disapears 1600 - 2000' - 4-6" new sn >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Jan 1st, 2015
Location:   Tenderfoot Ridge, Summit Lake Area (with map)
Observation:   Route: Toured up Tenderfoot ridge to treeline. No signs of instability or avalanche activity observed. Depth@ 1,500' = 30cm Depth@ 2,200'= 60cm Snow surface went from breakable crust at lower elevations to supportable wind slab above treeline.
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Predeger/ Fitz
Date:   Dec 31st, 2014
Location:   Turnagain pass (with map)
Observation:   Weather Temps: 36-42F between Girdwood and Portage Valley. 32 degrees at Turnagain Pass. Raining in Girdwood, partly sunny South of Girdwood and thru Turnagain pass Winds: Light (Moderate in Portage Valley) Skies: partly sunny Road obs today with lots of glassing of slopes between Girdwood Valley, Portage Valley and Turnagain pass. Only signs of instability were in the Portage valley ab >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Summit

Observer: Alex McLain
Date:   Dec 31st, 2014
Location:   Summit Lake (with map)
Observation:   Avalanche activity: No new avalanches. Mountain Weather: Wed Temperatures 25-28F Winds South 5-10 with a peak gust of 16 mph Dec29th -30th: Temps 25-28 with winds NE-ENE 30-40 mph with peak gust 65-69mph Summit Lake: Wed Temperature Low 30's Total snow depth 7" Dec 29th-30th Temperatures 34-38 with Rain and snow At Summit Lake this week we had light precipitation with high winds out >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: H. Thamm
Date:   Dec 30th, 2014
Location:   Tincan (with map)
Observation:   Field Observations December 30, 2014 Route Tincan to 2800' Weather Temps: high 20- low 30's Rain line: 1100ft Winds: 20's w/ Gusts in 40's mph Skis: obscurred Precip: light to moderate w/ blowing snow Obvious Signs Of Instability Recent Avalanches-NO Shooting Cracks-NO - small isolated cracks under skis, no shooting cracks Collapsing - NO Surface Obs 1000' - 5” new hea >>>> see observation for complete description
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REGION: Turnagain

Observer: Public Observer
Date:   Dec 30th, 2014
Location:   Tincan ...just off the skin track at 1650
Observation:   We dug a pit at about 1650' on Tincan, just off of the skin track in a meadow, south side, at only a slope angle of about 12 degrees, NW aspect. We follow your Avy page on a regular basis while we are here....we live in NH, 15 miles from Mt Washington and Tuckerman Raviine......and at 60 and 66, my wife and I are pretty conservative. We skied down from around 2200', where the wet snow was >>>> see observation for complete description
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