The Anchorage Avalanche Center (AAC) provides snow, weather, and avalanche information for Chugach State Park; which contains Alaska’s most readily accessible avalanche terrain.
As a grassroots entity, the AAC is currently focused on avalanche terrain in areas that have been identified as the most popular and frequently visited by winter recreationists. The core advisory zones currently include avalanche terrain accessed from the Glen Alps trailhead (Little O’Malley Gully to False Peak and the north side of the Flattop-Ptarmigan ridge), Canyon Road trailhead (south side of the Flattop-Ptarmigan ridge), Arctic Valley trailhead (Gordon Lyon and Highland Mountain bowls), and South Fork Eagle River trailheads (Three Bowls, Lynx, Harp, and North Bowl areas). These areas are where most field work is conducted. Information provided in the avalanche advisories and observations is most relevant to and representative of these areas, unless otherwise noted.
Current Core Advisory Zones
The AAC does conduct field work and provide observations for areas in Chugach State Park outside of the core advisory zones, but the focus is on the most popular areas mentioned and pictured above. The AAC hopes to expand its coverage to eventually include all reasonably accessible avalanche terrain within Chugach State Park. This is a long-term goal.
Areas we would like to expand core advisory zone coverage to in the near future include Penguin; Falls Creek; and more terrain in the Front Range, Eagle River valleys, along Turnagain Arm, and from Peters Creek to the Knik River.
Sustaining the current advisory program alone is dependent on community support. If you have time, money, or other resources to donate please contact us. Your snow, weather and avalanche observations from the field are also essential to providing the community with the best informational products possible. Please consider a donation to the AAC, and contact us if you’d like to volunteer.