Let the season begin!

Issued: Wed, Nov 02, 2016 at 12PM

Expires: Thu, Nov 03, 2016

Regular forecasts will begin in early November, or whenever regular observations start coming in. Please submit your observations if you head out into the snow!

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1,500 to 2,500ft None

Below 1,500ft None

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Avalanche season begins with the first layer of snow. The sliding surface can be slick grassy slopes under the new snow, or old firn/ice in glaciated areas and permanent snowfields. It's time to dust off your beacons, shovels, probes, and skills. Start looking at the terrain with "Avalanche Eyeballs." Early season can be a dangerous time of year. The danger will increase with any new snowfalls or wind events this month.
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5 Comments on Juneau

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter said : Report Subscribe Feb 21, 2018 at 10:12 AM

Fish Creek Knob tour: partly cloudy/light north wind/-6C Thin early season-like coverage, <80cm total snowpack depth. Thin thermal crust at surface. 35cm F-4F storm snow settling over old facets and crust/facet sandwich. Variable test results with failure in 2mm facets above crust. Propagation potential is questionable with fracture character ranging from sudden planar to stepped breaks. Wind affected near ridge lines. Chose not to continue up ridge past 2400' due to hard windslab over facets. Skiied N-NE glades.

  • 19/02/2018
Derek Weiss said : Report Subscribe Jan 07, 2018 at 5:06 PM

Storm totals approx 24" just below the ridge line. Thin radiation refreeze crust on surface and continued wet/warm snowpack below. Weak layer on an isolated column was 4-5" above the ground on a thin layer of facets with Q2 shear.

  • 07/01/2018
Derek Weiss said : Report Subscribe Jan 05, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Isothermal snowpack up to about 2500ft or higher. Approx 12-14" new at 2700ft. Two natural slides that started in steep trees in warm temps that propogated out on weak layers covering the cat track at Eaglecrest. Lots of "whoomping" at 2700ft. Couldn't isolate a column today due to weakness/facets below the new/heavy snow.

  • 05/01/2018
Derek A Weiss said : Report Subscribe Jan 05, 2018 at 6:09 AM

I skied McGinnis via the winter route to get a look at the snowpack above tree line before this latest precip event. I didn't did a pit. General observation: Snow depth above 2300ft was generally 1-2ft. Hard crust at ground capped with 8-10" facets. Then very thin crust layer capped with another 2-3" facets. Pockets of wind slabs that were stable on this day. In Summary: A very weak supportable layer that is now buried and likely very sensitive.

  • 30/12/2017
Tom Mattice said : Report Subscribe Nov 29, 2017 at 9:34 AM

55 cm snow. 15 cm weak 4 finger base layer with stronger 15cm 1 finger layer over top. 25cm of 4 finger loose snow on top. Weak layer collapse in tests but dues not fail in ECT>

  • 26/11/2017

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