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Individuals may have widely differing perceptions, for a given location, date, and time, of the safety of traveling or recreating on snow, of avalanche hazards, and of skiing or snowboarding conditions. The hazards and conditions reported in an observation can change rapidly. In addition, individuals can differ greatly in both their perception of objective hazards and their acceptance of the risk to personal safety of these hazards.

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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1557345720May 8, 2019 8:02pmChugach State Park - South Fork Eagle River 2 miles south of Trail headYesNew large avalanche down to base on North aspect this afternoon 5/8/19. Other small slides in the area today.
1557342000May 8, 2019 7:00pmChugach State Park - Powerline Pass ValleyYesSkied a north and south facing chute on the Wedge via Powerline Pass Valley then Ship Lake Pass. Most notable was a natural D3 slab avalanche that likely released earlier in the day. It was at 3,50 …
1557172800May 6, 2019 8:00pmChugach State Park - O'MalleyNorth face of O'Malley. 9 inches of creamy new snow above 4,000 ft. Extensive drifting of storm snow with drifts up to three feet deep. Boot penetration with verts up to 2 ft. Storm snow seemed well b …
1556390580April 27, 2019 6:43pmChugach State Park - Falls Creek CouliorSlightly overhanging cornice on the booters left above the falls creek couloir. (see photo) Located about 50-60 feet from the top out.
1556301600April 26, 2019 6:00pmChugach State Park - West Twin PeakWidespread large point releases with big powder clouds on all steep sun touched slopes. Very light zipper crust, but no sign of significant loading from recent winds. No observed signs of current slab …
1556136000April 24, 2019 8:00pmChugach State Park - Ptarmigan - S. CouloirYesStrong headwind as we made our way up the valley. Turned around about halfway up due wind, stability concerns, and not wanting to be exposed to the high consequence terrain. I triggered a wind slab on …
1556042400April 23, 2019 6:00pmChugach State Park - The RampYesSkied a couple north facing coolies on the Ramp. Widespread, large, and loud point releases on anything that the sun touched. Fast and high volume sloughing. One line slid with the first skier. Slab b …
1555790400April 20, 2019 8:00pmChugach State Park - Falls CrYesSkied the usual 4-chute Falls Creek loop. The first chute had a real pile of debris in apron upon arrival. It had slid from half way up the line mid-storm. Most of the rest of the line slid upon sk …
1555754400April 20, 2019 10:00Chugach State Park - Peak 3Skinned up Peak 3 bowl, tons of active wind loading from the South and/or West, shooting cracks in the skin track, skinners were cutting fresh uptracks across slab. We diverted and chose a slope away …
1555441200April 16, 2019 7:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 3 areaUp rabbit creek and up/down one of the SW gullies.
1555184940April 13, 2019 7:49pmChugach State Park - Falls CreekHiked a dry trail the first mile or so before getting to enough snow to skin. Turned into the right bowl before getting to the lake. A lot of recent and old roller balls and wet debris on most aspects …
1554567720April 6, 2019 4:22pmChugach State Park - Powerline passBiked out powerline and up apron of s cooler. Crust is solid enough to bike off trail and could hold an edge.
1554226200April 2, 2019 5:30pmChugach State Park - Moon Gully (above Hiland Road Bus Turnaround)YesFollowed established skinner from school bus turnaround - about 1 hour behind another party
1554206400April 2, 2019 12:00pmChugach State Park - Ram and Peters CrWidespread, large, alarming rockfall even early in the day. With the upcoming change in weather pattern was glad to see very little and discontinuous surface hoar. One large slab avalanche on th …
1553958000March 30, 2019 3:00pmChugach State Park - Hunter CreekLarge natural avalanches on all aspects and elevations up to D3. Presumably most of these ran during the storm cycle, but the largest one ran during the afternoon of 3/30. It was on a SW face at appro …
1552219200March 10, 2019 12:00pmChugach State Park - Ram ValleyYesWidespread rumbling collapses, shooting cracks, and wind transport. Natural and skier triggered windslab avalanches on moraine convexities. These terrain features were relatively small, slides were 1- …
1551639600March 3, 2019 7:00pmChugach State Park - Peters CreekSkied north facing coolies in Peters Creek. No formal stability tests, but no signs of instability observed. Lovely settled powder, and generally good snow on all but most solar aspects. Moderate to h …
1551024000February 24, 2019 4:00pmChugach State Park - SW Rusty Point ( Wolverine ridge in Anchorage)YesWhile xc skiing on Middle Fork saw 2 folks had put a steep skin track up Rusty Point ( directly above bridge crossing just before Williwaw trail junction. Watched them for a bit as the snow looked dee …
1551009600February 24, 2019 12:00pmChugach State Park - Arctic ValleyArctic Valley parking lot to Mount Gordon Lyon ridge
1550768400February 21, 2019 5:00pmChugach State Park - Peak 2Toured up SSE gully on peak 2.
1549720800February 9, 2019 2:00pmChugach State Park - Falls CreekIcy bootpack through the alders (recommend micro spikes). Small wind slab natural release on the falls lake couloir apron.
1549713600February 9, 2019 12:00pmChugach State Park - Falls CrSkied Falls Cr coulies. No signs of current instability in chutes or aprons, but did not dig any pits to assess potential persistent weak layers. Widespread ~1 week old storm slab crowns on faces and …
1547823600January 18, 2019 3:00pmChugach State Park - Ptarmigan Peak, North Face, S-couloirDescended S-couloir on Ptarmigan peak
1546426800January 2, 2019 11:00Chugach State Park - South Fork Eagle River, Hiland Road mile 7.3Two avalanches observed along upper Hiland Road in the steep chutes along the east side of the valley. The first at mile 7.3, the other higher up in the bowl just south of the first. Both originated i …
1546362900January 1, 2019 5:15pmChugach State Park - Arctic ValleyPoked around to do some turns near the ski area - saw an avalanche that had slid to the ground with a decent runout under chair 2 in Rondy Bowl. Lots of wind transport happening, snow surface was supp …
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