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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
1554296400April 3, 2019 1:00pmPortage/Placer - Middle Glacier near Williwaw Camp GroundWe hiked over to the large avalanche debris pile near the bottom of Middle Glacier behind the Williwaw Camp Ground. This avalanche occurred in mid-March from a series of storms between March 7th-24th …
1554292800April 3, 2019 12:00pmPortage/Placer - Byron Glacier TrailThe last 1/8 mile of the established trail is covered in avalanche debris that released from both sides of the valley. The entire Byron valley is full of avalanche debris from the huge avalanche cycle …
1553619600March 26, 2019 5:00pmPortage/Placer - Byron GlacierWalked in on the paved road to look up Byron Glacier valley to assess avalanche hazard. There are large debris piles from both the north and south slopes that slid during the past storm (and earlier i …
1553007600March 19, 2019 3:00pmPortage/Placer - Portage Valley - Road obsYesDrove through Portage around 3pm. Lots of very large avalanches on all aspects and elevations
1550761200February 21, 2019 3:00pmPortage/Placer - Skookum drainageSkookum Glacier to multiple valleys on south side of drainage. High point 3,300' ish. One small natural wind slab.
1550224200February 15, 2019 9:50Portage/Placer - Road Obs - Whittier/Shakespear ShoulderWindspeed at the road was around 20mph NW gusting 30, higher wind speeds at ridge tops predominantly from the West. Obvious heavy transport off prominent peaks and ridge tops around the valley. Temps …
1548417600January 25, 2019 12:00pmPortage/Placer - Road ObservationsDrove through Portage Valley between 12:00 - 1:00pm looking for recent activity associated with the past three days of stormy weather. Found evidence of natural avalanches throughout Portage Valley …
1547906400January 19, 2019 2:00pmPortage/Placer - Headwall of Skookum GlacierYesSnowmachined up Skookum glacier in search of good snow. No joy! Turned around at the bottom of the Skookum glacier headwall up track. Natural avalanche to the lookers left of the up track. Numerous na …
1545321600December 20, 2018 4:00pmPortage/Placer - Portage Road obsVisibility was poor. Lots of new snow. Road was narrow, but just wide enough for two way traffic. We couldn't confirm any avalanche activity due to poor visibility.
1521892800March 24, 2018 12:00pmPortage/Placer - Spencer and Skookum GlaciersSnowmachined out to Spencer and Skookum Glaciers. Dozens, if not hundreds, of people out enjoying the sunshine and fast travel conditions on the firm crust.
1521016260March 14, 2018 8:31Portage/Placer - SkookumEntered skookum valley just after 5 pm and the south wall entrance of valley on its north face had a crown all the way across it. Must have been over a mile long. Looked like all storm snow but it ran …
1520971140March 13, 2018 7:59pmPortage/Placer - Skookum GlacierYesRoad photo.
1519034400February 19, 2018 10:00Portage/Placer - Skookum
1518991800February 18, 2018 10:10pmPortage/Placer - Skookum GlacierA couple pits in a very wide NE couloir above the Skookum. Generally very dense and uniform snow in couloir. It had slid at some point, so the snowpack there is not completely representative of the ar …
1491059220April 1, 2017 3:07pmPortage/Placer - Placer ValleyYesPlacer Valley recent avalanche activity and weather below.
1490295600March 23, 2017 7:00pmPortage/Placer - Portage Valley - Skookum GlacierQuick trip up to the Skookum glacier to check out the human triggered avalanches from the past several days along with assessing how the new snow is bonding, considering this zone received the most sn …
1489932000March 19, 2017 2:00pmPortage/Placer - SkookumRode out Skookum to check on motorized area signage.
1489877340March 18, 2017 10:49pmPortage/Placer - Skookum Glacier9 inches new snow at the head of the Skookum from the Thursday morning's storm. Widespread point releases on the hard bed surface had already occurred. Of note, skiing steep terrain produced almost no …
1484834400January 19, 2017 2:00pmPortage/Placer - Placer ValleyQuick ride into the Placer Valley to take a look at the wind effect and snow conditions.
1484740800January 18, 2017 12:00pmPortage/Placer - Placer to Spencer GlacierGot out for the Placer opening. Stuck to the flats and made our way back to the toe of Spencer Glacier. Still lots of tracked powder but there are decent trails punched in on the flats. Some areas of …
1484586000January 16, 2017 5:00pmPortage/Placer - Placer River valleySeward Highway to Leubner Lake in anticipation of a Wednesday motorized opener (Placer Valley).
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