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Date2019-04-28
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverShelby
AvalancheN

General Observations

Let the spring skiing commence! May 4th at Skiland was warm but surprisingly not sloppy. Pretty good coverage on the upper mountain, but definitely starting to thin out quite a bit. The snow was decent on the center run (with the terrain park on it) but quickly got dust on crusty the further away from center line you…

 
Date2019-05-04
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverShelby
AvalancheN

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Date2019-05-05
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverLea H
AvalancheN

General Observations

Booted part way up one of the chutes on Rainbow Ridge from the road. Turned around after approx. 900m vert because of rock fall, avalanche debris in intended line and overall uninspiring snow conditions. Snow situation here (West facing, ~2700-5700ft elevation) can be summarized as refrozen melt-freeze crust on wet/damp facets. Crust became mostly supportive to boot packing above ~4000ft but…

 
Date2019-04-28
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverLea H
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skinned up Gulkana West/W Phelan Creek from Arctic Man parking lot. Experienced frequent settling from ~4100ft onwards, all the way up the valley and onto the lower section of the glacier. Pit at ~4300ft on SW aspect, ~20°,showed starting from top: small amount of rounded grains (guessing recently wind deposited), melt crust, rounded grains, facets…

 
Date2019-04-27
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverRyan T
AvalancheN

General Observations

Flew into the Susitna glacier on 4/26 and spent the weekend skiing some lines on the surrounding mountains.  In short, the pack on northern and northeastern aspects was extremely stable.  We saw no slides and our pit showed a cohesive slab with low density snow on top of higher density (pic below); we also did not find buried depth hoar (at least to the…

 
Date2019-04-28
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverKeane Richards
AvalancheN

General Observations

Silvertip attempt with Alpine Club. Crystal clear, breezy the whole time. Fresh powder (maybe 6 inches) up Michael Creek to the camp at the headwall. No avalanche activity visible other than some wet slides on the sides of Michael Creek and cornice blocks falling from ridges. Dug two pits on SW and NE aspects, but…

 
Date2019-04-20
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverDavid Hickle
AvalancheN

General Observations

Hi all - skiied 10-15 miles south of Cantwell today, there has been quite a bit of temps above freezing which resulted in a layer of ice ~ 6" under the latest snow throughout.  This crust would support 220 lbs standing in ski boots and we couldn't penetrate it with a ski pole.  Observed three…

 
Date2019-04-14
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverSam Kendall
AvalancheN

General Observations

Party skinned to the end of the Fels Glacier for an overnight. Observed old wet slabs on the northern aspects of the lower Miller Creek canyon. Multiple wet point releases observed on both southerly and northerly aspects of faces traveling on the glacier. Observed multiple small serac falls on northerly aspects in the late afternoon. 

 
Date2019-04-14
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverKeane Richards
AvalancheN

General Observations

Snow pit / general condition report from Castner Glacier up to 4.5 miles in (Rum Doodle approach). 04-13: Skijored in to Rum Doodle approach, nice fluffy new snow (about 5 inches), very warm and sunny after evening prior of wind near Black Rapids. Some small avalanches on N aspects of steeper slopes, seemed to reach only…

 
Date2019-04-13
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverBrons Gerrish
AvalancheN

General Observations

Observation from the N-NW side of Canwell Peak, same trip as Tristan Sayre. On pit examination there is a cohesive, dense right side up layer between 2-4 ft deep resting on depth hoar melt refreeze crust combo. In our pit we failed both compression and propagation tests at 22 and 21. The propagation was clean and the surface was…

 
Date2019-04-13
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverTristan Sayre
AvalancheN

General Observations

Deltas provided for a great day of skiing! Went up north side of Mt. Canwell which had 2"-10" fresh snow from the previous night's storm on top of a crust. Dug a pit at around 4500' on a NW aspect with an ECPX and CT20 result. Found a large cohesive layer about 3-4 feet deep on top of depth hoar. Failure…

 
Date2019-04-07
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverSean Marble
AvalancheN

General Observations

Went split boarding on the north side of Rainbow Ridge. We started a little before noon, and everything was still kind of icy and crusty. Made it to the ridge around 4, and by that time the sun had softened the snow and made for an awesome descent. We dug one pit on the way…

 
Date2019-03-30
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverRyan Tansey
AvalancheN

General Observations

A friend and I spent three days ski touring on Kalhabuk Mountain in the Brooks Range (Wiseman, AK).  Since there’s no Brooks Range observation page and I’ve received a number of questions about the conditions from EARAC folks, I figured I’d post our report here.  The skiing was phenomenal: great spring corn on eastern aspects and 6-12 inches of re-crystallized powder on northern aspects. …

 
Date2019-03-30
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverKourtney Gundersen
AvalancheN

General Observations

Freezing temperatures at night seem to make stable snow snow conditions in the morning. Warm temperature and sun exposure create a soft top layer loosening bonds between snow layers in the afternoon creating unstable conditions. I have a photo, but it will not attach.

 
Date2019-03-31
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverThomas Lees
AvalancheN

General Observations

Witnessed a rider climb I steep south facing hill around 3pm Sunday. Triggered a decently large avy in a terrain trap. Watched the ride come down around the avy and ride up to see if his riding partner was caught. Thank goodness he wasn’t. Rider that set the avy off did not have a beacon prob or…

 
Date2019-04-25
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverTheodore S Alder
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skied up miller creek just past the first ice cave on the Eel Glacier. 3 newer natural avalanche debris areas. Dug column on 20 degree north aspect. approximately 20" snow with bottom 8" large crystal facet. CT24 with failure at the very bottom. 

 
Date2019-04-25
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverTheodore S Alder
AvalancheN

General Observations

 
Date2019-03-23
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverSean Marble
AvalancheN

General Observations

We skied a bit up Trims Cr and bushwhacked to the ridge. We camped and skied out Michael Cr on Sunday. As soon as the sun hit the snow on Saturday morning it turned into an isothermal mess and started creating wet slabs with shooting cracks. If the weather stays warm like this, wet slabs will definitely be…

 
Date2019-03-24
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverDuncan Fisher
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skiied in about 2.5 miles from the road to the Castner Glacier. Dug a pit on an east aspect, 21 degree slope. Top 15cm was a melt/freeze layer, with a pretty solid sun crust. Next 15cm down was a 1-finger hardness slab, then an ice crust, with another 25cm of 1-finger density slab below that. The…

 
Date2019-03-24
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverDuncan Fisher
AvalancheN

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Date2019-03-23
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverTaylor Bracher
AvalancheN

General Observations

We found a large natural avalanche that looked to be caused by cornice fall (we didn't witness it occur). West aspect, starting at a ridge just below 5,000'. Located south of the Denali Highway about 15 miles east of Cantwell.The ski approach from the DH was varied- by 9am the snow below brushline was unsupportable, but above…

 
Date2019-03-21
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverJames Smith
AvalancheN

General Observations

Checked out conditions near the College Glacier today. It was warm! Didn't check the thermometer, but certainly above freezing. Noted some newer point releases on steep solar aspects.Up at 5500ft on the glacier, snow was deep, 245cm. However, the whole area seems to have a variable 3-5cm thick, melt freeze crust with seemingly bottomless facets…

 
Date2019-03-17
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverRyan Tansey
AvalancheN

General Observations

Hopper and I ski toured approximately 3 miles up Michael Creek drainage.  Objective was to boot up and ski a chute named Wolf run (coordinates 63.448295, -145.714570), N aspect, 40 deg.  Snow pack was maritime-like and solid during the tour to the base of the chute, with a 5in layer of softer wet snow covering a…

 
Date2019-03-02
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverSteph Wight
AvalancheN

General Observations

Castner glacier: We skied out along castner glacier. Trail is well traveled to the first ice cave but deep snow- definitely helpful to have skis or snow shoes. We camped between the first and the second ice cave. Snow was knee to waist deep and soft so it was helpful to wear skis when around camp.…

 
Date2019-03-02
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverJulia Gestrich
AvalancheN

General Observations

Very sunny and warm weekend on Castner Glacier, almost no wind. We went 3 miles in, close to a second ice cave and ice ledge to practice prusiking. Upper snow layer in some areas up to knee deep and very dry. Almost impossible to compress to build tent base. On hills often windblown with very…

 
Date2019-03-03
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverSean Marble
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skied up Ann Cr and up onto the ridge on the S side of the drainage. Dug a simple pit on the N aspect (19 deg) before the left turn and steep section in the canyon. Snow was highly localized, with wind crusts and melt freeze crusts. Right below the ridgetop 3/4 of a mile further,…

 
Date2019-03-03
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverPhillip Wilson
AvalancheN

General Observations

Reached the summit of White Princess with clear skies and warm weather! The snow was far to crusty to ski from the summit, but with a few more weeks of warm weather a ski descent of the south face from the summit should be possible. We skied the south west face, below ~8000ft there was several inches of loose powder on a…

 
Date2019-03-03
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverRyan T
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skinned in and camped at the toe of the Castner glacier.  Snow conditions and depths varied depending on aspect/location.  Generally, there was about 4 inches of powder covering a harder layer of wind blown slab.  The slab was easily breakable making travel without skis/snowshoes challenging.  The base was mostly faceted snow.  Temps ranged from 22F in the sun to -5F at night.  We…

 
Date2019-03-03
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverMary Webb
AvalancheN

General Observations

Beautiful blue bird weather all weekend! Super sunny and warm, no wind. It was pretty wind slabby in most areas and there was a lot of hoarfrost underneath the wind crust layers. We saw a little natural avalanche on a slope that was ~35-40 degrees and South facing. We just stuck to the mellow areas and didn't try…

 
Date2019-02-23
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverDanielle Bessent
AvalancheN

General Observations

Beautiful day at the Canwell Glacier. Skied to the toe of the glacier via miller creek - about 2 miles in and observed variable snow depths depending on aspect. There was 5-10cm snow above a thin melt-freeze crust and mostly facets to the ground below that. We heard some whoomph noises in the flats. We did not do a…

 
Date2019-02-24
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverJonathan Hutchinson
AvalancheN

General Observations

Route: Skinned up Michaels Creek to top of the headwall. Bootpacked on SW aspect to 6800'. Skid down NW aspect. Observations: Plenty of old avalanches in Michael's Creek, non appeared to be recent as the debris was covered in drifted snow with no recent wind. Snow up headwall was 4" to 6" powder over a hard base, …

 
Date2019-02-24
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverLea Hartl
AvalancheN

General Observations

2/24/19: Skinned up Trims Creek (inspired by last week’s group!), followed ridge west of Item Peak headwall to about 6500ft, skied mostly W/SW aspects from ridge back down to Trims drainage. Very sunny day, some wind in the creek but calm further in.  Very variable snow conditions overall. Snow surface has been shaped by wind…

 
Date2019-02-16
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverJesse
AvalancheN

General Observations

Trims creek valley cornices overhanging to the north. Snow wind blown crust in the upper section of the valley outside the canyon. 

 
Date2019-02-16
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverSam Kendall
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skinned up the Trims Creek drainage. Observed north facing cornices on ridges above creek.

 
Date2019-02-16
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverJordi Maisch
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skied up Trims creek en route to Item Peak. Large natural avalanches observed on southern aspects of the trims creek drainage. 

 
Date2019-02-16
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverPhillip Wilson
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skied up Trims Creek, generally easy going with deep soft snow in the creek. There were two spots where the creek had open water that forced us to bushwhack around on steep alder covered slopes. Hopefully these will get filled in later in the winter and it will much easier.

 
Date2019-02-10
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverJonathan Koenig
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skinned up Ann Creek on the west side of the Delta River. There was 6-8” of soft powder in sheltered areas of the creek valley. We observed widespread surface hoar from 2500 to 4000 feet. We continued up the creek and climbed on to the east face of Lion’s Head. Above 3500 feet the snow conditions…

 
Date2019-02-02
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverDavid Hickle
AvalancheN

General Observations

Full day of snowmachining and skiing at Summit - started at the Arctic Man parking lot, wound our way back to the Tit.  ~ 8" of fresh powder on top of a slab (I think temps got above freezing ~ 1-2 weeks ago), some dry sluff on a 34 deg slope, no whumps or red…

 
Date2019-01-27
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverPhillip Wilson
AvalancheN

General Observations

Snow surface consisted of 2in of soft, wind transported snow, which made for really good skiing. I broke through a thin snow bridge into a shallow bergschrund up near the ridge but was easily able to climb out. 

 
Date2019-01-26
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverPhillip Wilson
AvalancheN

General Observations

Two of us snowmachined up to just below first-aid, and ski toured up the ridge line on Saturday the 26th, the weather was sunny, around 15F and there was little to no wind. The snow was covered in a hard crust, and heavily wind scoured on southern aspects, in some spots exposing the ground. Northern aspects looked softer but still…

 
Date2018-05-02
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverTrevor Grams
AvalancheN

General Observations

Excellent conditions on Rainbow Ridge. Fresh snow has been blown around into unconsolidated drifts that range from 3 in. to 3 ft. deep. In general, the new snow seems to have bonded very well to the old crust in this area. Windslabs are definitely a concern and are highly variable in terms of their density,…

 
Date2018-04-12
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverBrian Craig
AvalancheN

General Observations

Northeast of Gun Creek 2 natural small avalanches spotted on south facing slopes and one snow machine triggered 30ft wide slide.

 
Date2018-04-11
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverBrian Craig
AvalancheN

General Observations

Northeast of Gun Creek 2 natural small avalanches spotted on south facing slopes and one snow machine triggered 30ft wide slide.

 
Date2019-05-03
LocationEastern Alaska Range
ObserverTrevor Grams
AvalancheN

General Observations

Excellent conditions on Rainbow Ridge. Fresh snow has been blown around into unconsolidated drifts that range from 3 in. to 3 ft. deep. In general, the new snow seems to have bonded very well to the old crust in this area. Windslabs are definitely a concern and are highly variable in terms of their density,…