Eastern Alaska Range

NOTE:

Currently, the Eastern Alaska Range Avalanche Center does not issue forecasts. We encourage all users to make educated and informed decisions whenever you choose to travel into avalanche terrain. Careful evaluation of the snowpack, cautious route-finding, and conservative decision-making should be used at all times. Consult recent user observations and available weather resources for more information.

Please refer to the public observations below or our Facebook timeline.

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2 Comments on Eastern Alaska Range

Sarah Carter
Sarah_Carter said : Report Subscribe 2 months ago

Report of 20" on the ground near Miller Creek with snow falling and moderate to strong west-southwest wind transporting snow along highway MP 203-218. Heavy snow at times with 5-10" in the Deltas area accumulating by Saturday. Plan your New Year's adventures with avalanche eyeballs on.

  • 29/12/2016
Hank Statscewich said : Report Subscribe 3 months ago

Fellow Snow Travelers, Had a great weekend trip up the Gulkana Glacier on 11/12-11/13. Conditions were clear and cold on the way up the Gulkana Glacier with temps just below 30 and light winds. We had to rope up to cross a crevasse field where the Moore Icefall enters the Gulkana. Wind crust and sastrugi dominated the snow conditions all the way up to 6,000' elevation, we heard several large whumphs as we approached the USGS hut but were able to steer clear of the steeper slopes. Overnight the winds howled up glacier (from the SW), strong enough to blow a person over so I'm not sure I believe the Gulkana Glacier weather station which recorded a max wind gust of 17 mph. By 7 am the winds abated, clouds cleared and we made a push for the summit of nearby Cony Mountain. Snow conditions remained a mixed bag of boiler plate wind crust and sastrugi all the way to 7,400'. We skied back towards the hut and found a low angle pitch of undisturbed snow at the 6,000' level. I think this snow was partially deposited and/or sheltered from the winds the night prior. All in all it was a great early season trip, glaciers seem to be the place to ski right now as they don't have scree lurking under the surface waiting to tear up your bases. Just need to be mindful of crevasses, have the gear to haul someone out and choose safe travel routes.

  • 13/11/2016

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