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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…