Valdez

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152 Comments on Valdez

D said : Report Subscribe Apr 27, 2018 at 10:38 AM

Triggered this slab while booting up the run in the Diamond area. Everything felt good right up until the point it released. Most likely a case of too soon....

  • 26/04/2018
Forest McBrian said : Report Subscribe Apr 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Our party unintentionally triggered a D2 persistent slab avalanche while skinning up a convex roll at 3575' on the approach to Cracked Ice from lower RFS ridge. The crown, located 8m uphill of us, was 90cm on the near end, and propagated approximately 60m across the slope. Our party was caught and displaced 50cm to 5m downhill; we remained standing, buried between calf- and waist-deep. We had been tracking the 4/20 layer of 1-1.5mm facets over the past 5 days. We triggered one shallow, D1 slab on this layer in a west-facing couloir in the Karat Chutes area on 4/23. We observed this layer in many areas around Thompson Pass above 3000' on W, NW, N, and NE aspects. Test results gathered near the path included: ECTP 24, PST35/100Endx2, CT1 SP, all on the 4/20 facet layer.

  • 25/04/2018
Sarah Carter
Sarah_Carter said : Report Subscribe Apr 22, 2018 at 4:44 PM

Report of 3-4 inches new snow at Thompson Pass and 8 inches above 4500'. Easterly wind increased through the afternoon, transporting some snow.

  • 22/04/2018
Josh McDonald said : Report Subscribe Apr 13, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Sheding season is here. Mid afternoon we watched several slides run 2000 to 3000 feet on the south faces in port valdez. Point releases as well as slabs with visible fracture lines.

  • 13/04/2018
Alex said : Report Subscribe Apr 11, 2018 at 8:37 PM

Toured up Moonlight today. At the base there was a lot of rotten snow (2110’) and conditions gradually improved till it firmed up around 3100’. We dug a pit and performed a compression test and found no instability. The ski down was consistent with good skiing was had.

  • 11/04/2018

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