The 2016-17 Snow Season

Advisories: danger updates and weekend avalanche outlooks

Observations: the recreational conditions people are finding in Chugach State Park

Education: statewide learning opportunities and online resources for getting “avy savvy”

Chugach State Park does not have sufficient snow coverage for reasonable backcountry travel by ski.  Due to lack of snow, information will be intermittent and as warranted by conditions.  Check the AAC Instagram and Facebook for additional updates.

We encourage you to submit observations in regard to Chugach State Park winter recreation conditions: trail reports (hiking, fat biking, skiing), climbing reports (ice conditions, creek access), and snow reports (surface conditions, snowpack).

Anchorage Avalanche Center mission: increase the safety, awareness, and recreational enjoyment of visitors to Anchorage’s backyard mountain playground (Chugach State Park) through avalanche advisories, backcountry observations, accident investigations, winter backcountry education, and community events.

Anchorage Avalanche Center vision: comprehensive avalanche information and education for backcountry recreation in Chugach State Park.

2015-16 Season Accomplishments:

  • 34 avalanche advisories (every weekend December-April & additional danger updates)
  • 65+ backcountry observations
  • Avalanche education for 1,000+ middle and high school students
  • Avalanche workshops for 100+ individuals
  • 19 radio snow reports (weekly December-April) aired on eleven stations statewide
  • 2 pre-recorded & 1 live television appearance on avalanche conditions & education

We need your support to build the Anchorage Avalanche Center into a sustainable institution for our local mountain community (please click here to become a member and donate)!

ISSW accidents poster 1

SoFoCloseCallThree people were caught and carried by this avalanche that occurred on 3/20/16 just above the South Fork Eagle River trailhead near Hunter Pass (photo by Suzie Mauro, edited by AAC).

Win prizes for quality observations!

AAC observers prizes 2016

Thanks to generous support from Patagonia, Black Diamond, Voile, and Gu prizes were awarded for the best Chugach State Park snow, weather, and avalanche observations of the 2015-16 season!

This incentive program will continue for the 2016-17 season!  Submit your observations via the observations page, email, or via Facebook as often as possible.  You don’t have to be a snow nerd; quality photos and conditions reports are as valuable as snowpits!

Know Before You Go!

Whether you’re out to shred fresh pow, climb ice, fat bike alpine trails, snowshoe, or winter hike in the high country; be mindful of snow conditions and avalanche danger!