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Date2020-01-24
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

1/24- Gully 1 up to 3700',  2° F at the road, Clear, Mod north east wind, no snow transport except on high ridges, north aspect.   Collapsing: yes, a couple very large collapses, one which remotely triggered small pieces of cornice to fail 200' away in a cross loaded gully.  Shooting Cracks: Yes, some 30' long. Avalanches: Yes, very…

 
Date2020-01-21
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Sobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

 Nick's Happy Valley- I would estimate there was about 1.5 feet on the glacier of new snow from the past 48 hours. Snowmachined up the gut and did numerous sled ski laps. After a couple laps in the gut we were feeling confident in the snow and decided to step it up onto steeper terrain. We were…

 
Date2020-01-20
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

RFS up to 3000'.  0° F, Calm, moderate snowfall.  Collapsing: Yes  Shooting crack: Yes, some radiating over 30' through the new snow  Avalanches: Yes, small avalanches within the new snow were easily initiated were the bed surface was smooth wind board on slopes steeper than 30°.   Found 4" of low density snow that was very poorly bonded with old…

 
Date2020-01-19
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

1/19- Billy Mitchell up to 3200'.  -5° F, OVC, moderate wind, no snow transport, snow developing to moderate through the day.Found developed near surface facets 1 inch below the surafce, 2-3 mm.  This layer will be something to watch with subsequent storms.

 
Date2020-01-16
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

1/16: Dimond up to 3100', 5° F at the road, -10° F at 3100'.  Clear, no precip, moderate- strong east wind above 2500', light- moderate snow transport.  Localized collapsing, Small shooting cracks around skis, not radiating, no new avalanches. Above 2000' found a variety of wind affected snow that ranged from snow stripped down to rain crust,…

 
Date2020-01-11
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

1/11: Allison Creek up to 2000', NW aspect, 5° F at the road to 0° F at 2000', light wind, no snow transport.   Large collapses experienced that propagated up to 100 meters, Shooting cracks that radiated up to 30' long through pencil hard wind slabs, No new avalanches.  Observed an old avalanche with unknown trigger, R2-D2- ~150M wide.Snow surface consisted of a…

 
Date2020-01-07
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

1/7- Crudbuster up to 4900'. 0° F at road, Partly cloudy, calm, no precip.  No collapsing, No shooting cracks and No avalanches.  In a pit at 4000', north aspect, 20° slope, found significantly better structure in the snowpack than at 3000'.  Rain crust from 12/9 was not present.  Height of snowpack was 200cms.   Although the snow 4000'…

 
Date2020-01-05
LocationValdez
ObserverPatrick N., Justin H., Dan J., Gus G.
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skinned up Little Girls and dug a pit at about 2800 feet, southerly facing on a 27 degree slope 4 in of fresh low density powder.ECTN #27 35 cm down in the snow pack, shear Q2. We gave the pit 6 big stomps to release a faceted crust 75 cm down. Did not slide on a smooth…

 
Date2020-01-04
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

1/4- Crudbusters up to 3500'.  -20F at the road , -10F at 3200', Clear, Calm.  Shooting cracks: no, Collapsing: yes, Avalanches: no.  Surface Hoar was beginning to form. Snow surface was unaffected by wind Pit results at 3200', N aspest, 20° slope, HS 180cms, produced ECTP24 down 75cm and PST (30/100) End down 75cm. Both failed on 1-2mm developed…

 
Date2020-01-04
LocationValdez
ObserverJessica Elder
AvalancheN

General Observations

20200104 1359 Traveled up towards Little Girls and built a pit at around 2850' on SE facing aspect at a 25 degree slope. Encountered vegetation at 200 cm so did not dig to the ground. Did a CT and got a Q3 CTH at 18 CM down. By that time sky condition went from scattered to overcast. No precipitation. Air…

 
Date2020-01-03
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Girls mountain up to 5000'. SE-SW aspects, -10° F at the road, 0°F at 3000' and above.  Light winds at the road becoming strong as you moved up in elevation.  Snow surface consisted of varying degrees of wind effect, with areas of protected powder.Dug two pits today in similar locations 3200', SE aspect, 25° slope, light…

 
Date2019-12-28
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

12/28 Little Girls up to 3000'.   2° F, moderate snowfall, SW winds 20 MPH at 3000'.  Found settled storm snow to be 80-20cm's deep depending upon wind exposure. Wind exposed areas had formed windslab on lee slopes creating upside down snow on the surface. Hand shear tests produced very easy results.  Experienced large collapses and shooting cracks…

 
Date2019-12-24
LocationValdez
ObserverKsobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

12/24/19 - 54mile/Squaw Creek- Hard to tell exactly how much new snow had fallen due to wind but my best guess would be about 1' of new at the top of the drop in that goes down into Hurtle Creek(5000'). The new snow had not slabbed up into a potential slide-able layer but im sure with a wind, warmth, or…

 
Date2019-12-24
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

 12/24 Python Buttress up to 3200'.  At the trail head: 1700', 2° F, calm.  At 3200':  21° F, calm, light snow turning heavy later in the day, NE-NW aspect. Found 30 cms of new snow sitting on two different layers.  The first was the 12/9 rain crust that had been exposed by the 12/19-21 outflow wind event on windward slopes.  This rain crust…

 
Date2019-12-20
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Small Creek up to 2700'. 10° F, Clear, Strong NE wind. Found a thin faceted snowpack below 2000' with surface snow unaffected by wind.  Above 2000' winds were strong out of the NE and had stripped the snow down to the 12/9 rain crust on north and east aspects, but was not able to scour…

 
Date2019-12-18
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Gully 1, up to 4000', N aspect, mostly cloudy, 8° F, NE wind, light to moderate.Found surface hoar 2-4 mm in the flats and alders.  No surface hoar was found above bush line or in the gully.  At 3700', N aspect, 25° slope, found a snow depth of 200 cms.  Stability results yielded an ECTN22 down 30 cms,…

 
Date2019-12-17
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Location: 54 Mile, Date: 12/17, Elevation: 1500'-5000', Temp: 0F at the trailhead, 20°F at 4700'.  S-E aspects.  No Cracking, No Collapsing, No Avalanches. Found widespread surface hoar up to 4 MM up to 3500'.  Above 3500,' surface hoar was in isolated locations that were not exposed to wind. Rice Mountain, 4700', East aspect,  32° slope , 20° F Clear and Calm.  Pit…

 
Date2019-12-15
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

North Oddessey and School bus up to 4500'.  Partly cloudy, no precip, no wind, mid 20 F. Found a variety of snow surfaces today, ranging from stripped surfaces to soft snow that was lightly wind touched.  Found wind slab of 1 finger to 4 finger density that was 2-4 inches deep.  The majority of surface conditions we found in the areas that…

 
Date2019-12-13
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Little Odessey, up to 3700,' W through N aspects.  20 F, clear, no wind.  No avalanches, no shooting cracks, no collapsing.On the west ridge of Little Odessey, above 3000', wind had stripped the surface down to a crust.  Skied north aspect up to 35° and found 1 finger windslab from ridge down to 300' below the ridge.  Below this, the snow…

 
Date2019-12-11
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Loveland Basin to 4200'. Skied East through North aspects.  Overcast no precip,light to moderate wind from the North.No new natural avalanches observed, No collapsing, Yes cracking.From the trailhead found frozen rain crust up to 3000', above this there was 25cms of dry snow from the Dec 9-10 storm.  The majority of the terrain we moved through today…

 
Date2019-12-10
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Little Odyssey west ridge to 3700'/ 1-4 pm, clearing skies, no precip, light wind, 33F at the road 30F at 3500'. No new natural avalanche activity observed from 46 mile to Thompson Pass. No cracking, No whumpfing.Observed rain runnels in the snow below 2500' indicating snow that was saturated by rain.  Found 4" of moist new…

 
Date2019-12-08
LocationValdez
ObserverTaylor B
AvalancheN

General Observations

Multiple avalanches observed in the maritime zone with some of them running well below tree/brush line on the Valdez Glacier Lake, Hogsback  Ridge and wet slide avalanche activity in the ice climbing arenas of Keystone Canyon, Sheep Creek, Bear Creek, and Mineral Creek. Witnessed a large glide avalanche release on the SW aspect off of PK 4,690 above…

 
Date2019-12-08
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter and Gareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Little Girls/Bald Boy 1:30-4:30pm Good visibility, no precip, calm, 29F.  No new avalanche activity seen. Just above 4000' we dug on a SE aspect to gain baseline snowpack info. Average height of snow ~215cm. 20cm of settled fist-four finger storm snow. We found good structure with no reactive weak layers. ECTX. Old storm interfaces were present at…

 
Date2019-12-05
LocationValdez
ObserverDan van
AvalancheN

General Observations

Vertigo- 3,300 ft North 20 degrees 250cm snow depth moist at the ground to 30cmnovember rain layer 150 cm up 100 deep3mil surface hoar (complete feathers) observed2500-3500'  

 
Date2019-11-27
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Sobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

Shoulder of girls/bro bowl- Observed a good sized(d3,r5) slide that always runs on the lookers left as you are riding up into bro bowl. Looked like the most recent storm ending on 11/24 + another layer or two down. Crown must have been 7-8' deep in spots averaging 3-4' While I was riding a few very small wind slabs…

 
Date2019-11-24
LocationValdez
ObserverPWSC AVY 1
AvalancheN

General Observations

We observed 3 avalanches on the pass.  One D2 on S side of Loveland, A D3 on the East face of Saphire, and a D2 on the North face of Odessey.  There was widespread wind affected snow on Thompson pass and we believe these slide were all wind slabs.  We toured up Loveland ridge.  On…

 
Date2019-11-23
LocationValdez
ObserverPWSC Avy L1
AvalancheN

General Observations

Little Odyssey 12:30-4pm Obsured sky/flatlight, calm, snowing 2cm/hr, 28F Toured up ridge to 1st gully ~3300', avoiding avalanche terrain. Average height of snow ~150cm. Nov.19-23 storm snow depth = 90cm. Some cracking under windslab when we got near ridgeline. Pockets of windslab on NW aspects to 30cm deep failing with moderate tests, sudden planar shear.   

 
Date2019-11-20
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Ann Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

November 18th to 20th Thompson Pass storm snow total so far: 41" with for 4 inches water equivalent. Height of snow 36".

 
Date2019-11-03
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheY

General Observations

Noticed a few glide releases in Maritime and Transition zones. Mostly south aspects, except a couple westerly facing steep slopes between 3000-4000' elevation. Photo: below Catcher Mitt and Schoolbus gully.  

 
Date2019-10-29
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheY

General Observations

Rain to ridgetops. Some wet loose avalanches to size above 3000' in steep terrain. 

 
Date2019-10-30
LocationValdez
Observerpete
AvalancheN

General Observations

Large avalanche off Snowslide at MP 16 stopped just above the Pack trail.

 
Date2019-10-27
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

Little Odyssey 1:30-4pm  Overcast sky/32F/No precip/Light to Mod SE wind/Flat LightSki pen ~10cm. Foot pen ~20cm.Kid ski at bottom of Little Odyssey. Average snowpack was about 60cm, distributed by previous storm winds. No wind transport while we were there. Layers were more or less uniform rounds and wet grains, right-side up. Some old facets at the ground.  

 
Date2019-10-11
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Klause
AvalancheN

General Observations

I witnessed several point release slides on south facing aspects around the town of Valdez. Mile High peak and the slopes to the west. Snow level looks to be ~2500 ft and dropping. Happy winter all!

 
Date2019-04-20
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Klause
AvalancheN

General Observations

6-8" at Salmonberry for Beacons and Eggs. Heavy, dense snowfall, large flakes, very little base left at and around sea level.

 
Date2019-03-31
LocationValdez
ObserverJason Champion
AvalancheN

General Observations

 
Date2019-03-26
LocationValdez
ObserverBen, Sunny, Josh and Zach
AvalancheN

General Observations

HIker triggered cornice drop triggered large avalanche.   About D2.5 size. Northwest Aspect. Page 2 of the books.

 
Date2019-03-25
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Sobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

Snowmachine remote trigger from today (3/25/19), about 1pm. Hardslab. Failed on some near surface facets - the layer that slid seemed like it was the most recent snow from 3 or 4 days ago, (hasn’t been precipping much up that direction) Happened in Hurtle creek, SW Aspect, 35-40 degree start zone. Crown was 1-3’ deep.…

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverRich Loftin
AvalancheN

General Observations

Top Bowl slide

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverRich Loftin
AvalancheN

General Observations

Better Pics of Hogback slides.

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverRich Loftin
AvalancheN

General Observations

West slopes in area 5, multiple slides. Stay clear.

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverRich Loftin
AvalancheN

General Observations

Multiple slides on the steeper slopes of Hogback. After I got home I could see a substantial slide of the back wall in the top bowl. I hear this may have been snowmachine triggered.

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Observed innumerable wet loose avalanches size D-1 to D-2 on all aspects below 4500' from 46 mile to the Port.  Also noted a substantial amount of slab avalanches on all aspects, although more prevalent on NW-NE.  Slab avalanches were observed ranging in size from D1.5 to 2.5 on N. Tiekel East face, Happiness, Billy Mitchell, Three pigs South,…

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverGraham Hogan
AvalancheN

General Observations

Witnessed avalanche come down the face of The Square near Mt. Diamond. Released just below cornice. Wind loading observed.

 
Date2019-03-17
LocationValdez
ObserverMatthew VonLintig
AvalancheN

General Observations

Many natural wet loose avalanches observed on all aspects near Thompson pass below 3000'. 

 
Date2019-03-16
LocationValdez
ObserverAnonymous
AvalancheN

General Observations

We skinned up part of the ridge leading to Little Odessey starting around 2:30 p.m. and remained pretty conservative in how far we planned to go, opting to stay within sight of the road. Heavy snow and wind made for poor visibility and flat light. We dug a pit at our turnaround point, on the ridge with a…

 
Date2019-03-09
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Toured up Billy Mitchell to 3000'.  Surface snow was moist to wet up to 2200',becoming drier above that. At 3000' wx was Overcast, lightly snowing, calm and 30 degrees F.  Later in the day Tiekel, Three Pigs and Billy Mitchell were flagging above 4000' from moderate to strong S-SW winds. There was 2 inches of fresh…

 
Date2019-03-01
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

I went up to 54 mile and dug a pit at a very similar location as a pit I had dug on Feb 2, to compare results.   4800' West aspect on a broad ridge, nearly flat.  Found Buried Surface Hoar 35 cm's down.  Probably deeper down once you got off of the ridge.  Showing…

 
Date2019-02-24
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Went to Heiden Glacier and found a variety of stripped snow and 10-30 cm's of pencil hard wind slab on the approach.  No reaction, shooting cracks or collapsing on test slopes.  Skied a NE facing ramp and found that the snow had mostly been stripped down to old snow by wind.  The snow that was stripped…

 
Date2019-02-23
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah
AvalancheN

General Observations

Clear, light north wind, -5C Moonlight BasinWind raked. Pencil hard windslab 10-30cm thick adhered to variable surfaces. No fresh activity observed.

 
Date2019-02-22
LocationValdez
ObserverPeter biskind
AvalancheN

General Observations

Small natural wind slab avalanches..at 2800' RFS.

 
Date2019-02-15
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Saw a large natural wind slab avalanche on Hippie Ridge.  Avalanche released at about 4000' and ran approximately 1500' . R2.5-D2.5, crown was about 150 meters wide.  What was notable about this slide was that it appears to have stepped down about 300' below the initial crown.  Step down was most likely to the persistent weak layer…

 
Date2019-01-30
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Ski toured up North aspect of 33 mile today "RFS".  Found 40 cm's "16 inches" of settled snow from the most recent storm sitting on a rain crust up to 2500 feet.  Dug a pit at 3500' on a North aspect.  Found preserved 2-3mm buried surface hoar with 95cm's "3 feet" of new snow on top.  Got…

 
Date2019-01-27
LocationValdez
ObserverAndrew Roche
AvalancheN

General Observations

A small avalanche was observed adjacent to the snowmachine uptrack into Bro Bowl (Girls Mountain). The avalanche was on a South facing aspect, ~3000ft, crown ~12”, D:2/R1.5, and appeared to be snowmachine triggered.

 
Date2019-01-26
LocationValdez
ObserverMorgan Gantz
AvalancheN

General Observations

Toured behind the tsaina lodge, observed a large crown of at least a D2 size on a North East aspect slope in the distance. Observed a few other smaller slides on RFS, North aspect. Took a photo of the big one and will send along. 

 
Date2019-01-26
LocationValdez
ObserverWilly Fahey
AvalancheN

General Observations

Experienced a remotely triggered avalanche by snowmobile above Tonsina glacier, Dawn valley. There were many natural slides around the area.

 
Date2019-01-25
LocationValdez
ObserverPeter
AvalancheN

General Observations

Low in Loveland Basin, and also low in Catcher's Mitt (2800' and 2500'). Jan 25, 2019.Snowpit test results: ECTP8 (x3 separate tests), down 30cm at new-old snow interface. Storm slab sitting on buried facets. This weak layer is widespread from the port to at least mile 55. There is surface hoar and near surface facets that are…

 
Date2019-01-18
LocationValdez
ObserverRusty
AvalancheN

General Observations

Toured on Crudbusters this evening, found the following:-wind: calm to light-sky: clear, with a band of intermittent valley fog from approx 2100-2400 feet-surface hoar ranging from 2-8 mm from 2300 feet up on the established skin track.  we got as high as 3772 feet and it was still widespread.  Smaller SH and or near surface faceting was also…

 
Date2019-01-13
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skiing at 43 mile on a South aspect at 3500 feet found 3-4 inches of fresh snow.  The fresh snow was easily sluffing on slopes above 40 degrees and entraining the old snow and running a considerable distance.  The old snow that was being entrained consisted of near surface facets.  The fact that the snow was sluffing so…

 
Date2019-01-07
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

At 38 mile on South aspect found Surface Hoar developing from the highway 1600' up to 3500'. Above this it quickly disappeared.  Temp -30 F at highway, -5 at 4000 feet Clear and Calm.

 
Date2019-01-04
LocationValdez
ObserverKsobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

Couple small windslab naturals leeward of the most recent southerly storm. Also a bigger (d2+) slab avalanche on a south face at about 3500’, average 3’ crown on the south face just under little girls. Looks like it slid during the last storm down to an old rain crust. I think per usual the mid elevations are most sketch although conditions seem overall pretty…

 
Date2019-01-03
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skiing on hippie ridge today found that at mid elevations 2500-4000 feet the new snow had been redistributed by the wind .   Above 4000 feet there was less wind affect in the location we were skiing up to 5700 feet. On the bench below 4000 feet 3 skiers triggered shallow soft slabs about 6 inches…

 
Date2018-12-28
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Dug a pit on Crudbusters at 4000' N aspect 35 degree slope. The temp was 21 F, Scattered clouds, and calm.  The Snowpack height was 250 cms at this location.  On shovel shear tests found 3 Q1 shears with sudden planar character at 50,65, and 90 cms down from the surface. There was also a Q2 with…

 
Date2018-12-26
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Over the last few days I have noticed that there are Glide Cracks on NE Crudbuster, NW Crudbuster, NE Python and E Stone mountain.  All of these have had full depth releases with the exception of the one on Python.  The areas that slid are all very small in relation to the slope they were…

 
Date2018-12-23
LocationValdez
ObserverKaren
AvalancheN

General Observations

Cracked Ice arena. Calm winds. 5-12 degrees.good visibility.At 3000’ probed a crusty layer at 40 cm.20-30 cm powder up to 3500’. Wind affected snow above 3500’ with shallow wind crust forming on western facing slope.Observed a persistent slab release on western slope below cornice on RFS.Observed a 400’ glide crack on western facing slope above Cracked Ice…

 
Date2018-12-23
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Sobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

12/21,12/22- North side of Rice Mountain & Squaw Creek had on average 6+' at 4000'. Windloading had occurred from the south during the last couple storms, affecting more of the Squaw Creek area. 4000-5000' had about 1.5 feet of super light powder on top of a 1 finger hard 2-6' thick layer that had a punchy base (facets) of 6-12'' of more sugary snow. Although during the last couple of weeks…

 
Date12/12/2018
LocationValdez
ObserverPeter Biskind
AvalancheN

General Observations

Snowpit south of gully 3 (Nicks) on broad north face. 2700' 25deg. Lightly snowing. 200cm. There is 30cm of new snow that skied well on top of older, stiffer snow. The highest rain crust is down 70cm (probably from Dec 7th). Below there are multiple layers with crust-facet combos and at the bottom is 20cm…

 
Date2018-12-05
LocationValdez
ObserverKaren
AvalancheN

General Observations

Noon to 2:00. Flat light. Calm winds. Southern ridge of Catchers Mitt. 0 Celsius. 4-8cm roller balls forming on SSE face of ridge. Top 10cm of snowpack was moist. At 2900' probed a bench on the NW face of the ridge. Snow 60cm deep. Probed through a uniform pack to a narrow ice crust at…

 
Date2018-12-03
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

The attached full profile was dug at a location that was not heavily loaded by S storm wind. This pit shows 15 CMS new snow, but some areas loaded by the wind were much deeper. 30-45cms~. These loaded areas were sensitive to triggers. Numerous size 1-2 natural avalanches were observed on a variety of aspects…

 
Date2018-12-02
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Sobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

54 mile/North side of Rice Mountain- Low coverage overall, 1' of softer powder at 4000' with 2-3' base of firmer snow. No natural signs of instability. A good amount of wind loading from the from the south wind, some areas were not affected.

 
Date2018-12-02
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

Traveling up Loveland ridge noon to 3 pm. Overcast day with flat light. Winds and snowfall increasing throughout afternoon. Minimal snow accumulation observed. 8-10cm thick rain crust under varying depths of storm/wind slab. ECT in a north facing wind loaded slope resulted in ECTP23 Q1 sudden planar fracture 68cm down from surface on top of…

 
Date2018-12-01
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

We toured up the lower catchers mit area. We saw some fresh storm slabs approximately 15 cm deep sitting on the old rain crust. Mixed results in compression and ect test. They ranged from easy failures with Q1 planar shear quality to some progressive compressions. New snow ( approximately 2-4 inches), Moderate wind speeds increasing…

 
Date2018-12-01
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

We toured up the lower catchers mit area. We saw some fresh storm slabs approximately 15 cm deep sitting on the old rain crust. Mixed results in compression and ect test. They ranged from easy failures with Q1 planar shear quality to some progressive compressions. New snow ( approximately 2-4 inches), Moderate wind speeds increasing…

 
Date2018-11-29
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

Obscured sky. Lower Catcher Mitt above 3000': Report of 3-4" new snow over 30" base.

 
Date2018-11-30
LocationValdez
ObserverPWSC Avalanche Rec 1 Class
AvalancheN

General Observations

1-4pm clear, increasing cloud toward afternoon.14F, calm. Little Odyssey Snowpack depth varies due to past wind events ~40-105cm. 10cm powder on top of pencil plus rain crust with less dense settling snow below. Crust does fall off planar weakness below. One loose avalanche, size 1-2, in steep, south-southwest aspect. Other than, no significant activity observed.

 
Date2018-11-30
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

On Catchers Mit found a snowpack that was shallow at 3000-3500 feet 80 cms. The snow quickly became deeper with elevation 180 cms at 4000 feet and 270 cms at 5000 feet. On Loveland basin the previous day the numbers were very similar. The surface snow below 3500 feet consisted of a few inches of…