December 17, 2016

Weekend Avalanche Outlook

New snow, wind, and rising temperatures have contributed to increased avalanche danger throughout Chugach State Park.  Avalanche danger is expected to continue to increase through Saturday.  Potentially dangerous avalanche conditions exist, especially in the upper elevations.  Poor visibility due to a low cloud ceiling and snowfall through Saturday will further contribute to potential danger.

This is an update, as warranted by increasing avalanche danger, as we still do not have enough snow in Chugach State Park for reasonable backcountry travel by ski.  Regular advisories and observations will commence as soon as the snowpack is ripe for alpine touring.  Snow events this weekend into early next week will bring us closer to a snowpack in Chugach State Park that will support skiing and riding!

Have fun, be safe, and enjoy your public land!

Being “avy savvy” is an important part of being able to maximize your enjoyment of the winter season in Alaska.  Get the skills and knowledge you need by pursuing avalanche and winter backcountry education.  The Anchorage Avalanche Center and Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center provide excellent awareness and introduction classes for free, or a nominal fee.  The Alaska Avalanche School and Backcountry Babes provide excellent courses for those willing to invest more time and money.