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Date2020-07-08
LocationJuneau
Observertesting now
AvalancheN

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Date2020-01-19
LocationJuneau
ObserverSedgesprtie
AvalancheN

General Observations

Near Cropley Chute, 2100' elevation WSW facing, 38 degree slope below rock and timber. Dan Kirkwood and I had skied E. side of Fruit Bowl earlier and found dust on crust and punchy crust with windblown powder. Nothing worth repeating. But no slab movement or signs of settling. All our descents were on ski cut powder, with…

 
Date2019-12-24
LocationJuneau
ObserverSedgesprite
AvalancheN

General Observations

Fruit Bowl. 2300',3pm. Snowing, fog, light winds. 110 cm in the pack. 50 cm of new snow on top of that old icy crust, which is expanding and weakening. 10 cm of facets at ground level. No action at all in the PST, 6 taps on the ECT gave a meager unsatisfying collapse.(no way to…

 
Date2019-12-23
LocationJuneau
ObserverSedgesprite
AvalancheN

General Observations

Pit results:CT 3 ECT 6PST 50/100 end, down 50cm on that hard icy layer, 30 degree slope~Rutsch/~Ak Block - failure on approachLayering density: fist for the new, Credit card for the ice-this layer is getting weaker, 4 fingers the rest of the way down. A tree at the bottom, so the facets there and rounded-sintered grains…

 
Date2019-12-22
LocationJuneau
ObserverSedgesprite
AvalancheN

General Observations

Mt. Troy from Eaglcrest Base. 15-35cm of new snow. Tracks on most skiable faces. No outward signs of instability. Pit results from 2600' near icy cliff NW facing. 35cm of light dry fluff on top of 5 cm of crust, 15 cm of refrozen wet snow, 15 cm of dry dense older snow, 2 thin rain crusts,another 15…

 
Date2019-12-14
LocationJuneau
ObserverAlex B
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skied Wedding Bowl on Mt. Ben Stuart. Lower wedding bowl had an ice crust that was smooth on top, with 1.5 inches of new snow above the crust. The new snow was wind affected, cohesive, and poorly bonded to the crust below. In upper wedding bowl, the new snow had more of a substantial crust,…

 
Date2019-03-08
LocationJuneau
ObserverBrooke Keller
AvalancheN

General Observations

Grandchild's bowl base camp, sky is partly cloudy to clear. The temp. is 30F, and freezing is at sea level. Wind is light and variable with no precipitation. An incoming front is expected to start in the evening and continue until morning. Main concerns are a PWL at 35-40cm below snow surface. However, the hard slab…

 
Date2019-03-08
LocationJuneau
ObserverMark Neeland
AvalancheN

General Observations

Route and General Observations:  The UAS ODS Av 2 class traveled by helicopter to a base camp at 2400 feet SW of the Grandchild bowl/Grandchild peaks, then hiked along southern ridge towards southernmost grandchild peak.  Snow cover was poor and heavily solar influenced on south side of ridge with ice crust on top.  Due to…

 
Date2019-03-15
LocationJuneau
ObserverEric Lingle
AvalancheN

General Observations

Toured from Eaglecrest parking lot up Mt. Troy on 3/15/19. Temps just at/below freezing - rain on the drive up and snow at the parking lot. Overcast sky, light and variable wind, and slight snow, approximately 1 cm/hour. Followed traditional skin route to safety meadows, then approached summit.  Dug a pit approximately 2700 ft. Snow…

 
Date2019-03-03
LocationJuneau
ObserverForest Wagner
AvalancheN

General Observations

Route and General Observations:  The UAS ODS Av 2 class traveled by lift to the Eagles Nest, Eagle Crest Ski Area, then hiked to Pittman's Ridge, accessing the S aspect, digging pits at 2850' with avg. slope angle of 28deg, then descending via Heavenly to the ski area.  Red Flags:  The group observed isolated R1D.5 Wet Loose…

 
Date2019-01-06
LocationJuneau
ObserverAlex B
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skied W and SW aspects on Troy and False Troy. Dug at pit at marked location with CT 21 @ 32 cm and ECTN 21 @ 38cm. Pit depth was 120cm. We didn't go to the top of Troy, but the top of False Troy was seemingly untouched by the wind event during the night of 1/5.

 
Date2019-01-05
LocationJuneau
ObserverDerek
AvalancheN

General Observations

Took summer route up and down Gastineau to check out ice crust before any new snow falls.  I don't have a lot of experience with ice/rain crusts accept that nasty one two years ago.  The current ice crust on the ridges of Gastineau seems similar to two years ago.  Very smooth, slick, and potentially bad?  Something…

 
Date2018-12-24
LocationJuneau
ObserverSam S
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skied Dan Moller today during the storm.  5” of new snow and light winds.  Numerous hand sheer tests indicated the new snow was bonding well to the previous layer.  Dug one pit at 2300’, NE aspect, 34 degree slope.  Snow depth was 75cm.  CT 21 Q2.  Failed at the ground on what appeared to be facets.…

 
Date2018-12-14
LocationJuneau
ObserverDerek
AvalancheN

General Observations

 Skied SE, S, and WSW aspects between 1200-3000ft on Douglas. Base is setting up nice with the damp first storm cooling down above 2,000ft. The new snow came in right side up and is currently stable with minimal wind damage. Great skiing conditions. Exited Cropley Chute with great turns top to bottom. Only found one isolated…