Sun's out, skis out. The riding is great at the Pass these days: corn in the sun, pow in the shade. But keep a skeptical eye on the snowpack. We have extensive weak depth hoar at the ground in areas of thin snowpack, and in areas of thick snowpack we have a nasty persistent weak layer 1 meter deep. This month-old weak layer has been producing avalanches as recently as the last few days. Are you ready to trust your life to it? Be careful out there. ... See MoreSee Less
Any recent info for the avy conditions? I will be out there with a big group this coming weekend. ... See MoreSee Less
Koot to Kat Alpine Adventure Race
March 5, 2017, 8:00am - March 5, 2017, 4:00pm
Haines' first annual alpine adventure race begins at 6 mile Lutak Road and finishes at Harriet Hall (Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds) by way of Mt. Ripinski summit (weather permitting; alternate route announced at the start). $20 per team entry fee supports Haines Huts Takshanuk alpine hut project and gets you a Haines Winter Fest neck gaiter, an original Hemlock Lines map and Eligibility for glory & prizes Part of the three day 2017 Haines Winter Fest www.visithaines.com/blog/2017-haines-winter-fest Sunday, March 5: 7 a.m. shuttle from Fairgrounds to start 7:15 a.m. registration opens at start 8 a.m. start! Finish at Harriet Hall: write your time on the clipboard by the chili cookoff table Enjoy the Winter Games! 4 p.m. Awards potluck at Fairweather Ski Works shop (Fairgrounds) Rules: Teams of at least two No motors allowed on route, but any other mode goes Each participant must carry an avalanche beacon, shovel, probe Each team must carry a communication device & gps (cell phone ok) Start and end with the same gear (no stashing) Crampons or ice grippers recommended! Pre-registration at Telluride Mountain Film Festival Friday, March 3 in Harriet Hall or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Prizes and support from Haines Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Southeast Alaska State Fair, Fairweather Ski Works, Haines Rafting Company, Alaska Sport Shop, SEABA, Sockeye Cycle, Haines Brewing Company, Sarah J's Espresso Shoppe, The Babbling Book, Foundroot, Body IQ, Mountain Market, Port Chilkoot Distillery, Alaska Mountain Guides
Widespread natural slides today, D1 and D2 on wind loaded northeast aspects. Crowns mostly 30-40cm deep. We did find this 180cm deep shooting crack on a 23 degree NE aspect. A good reminder that occasional patches of deeply buried surface hoar exist around treeline. Use extra caution out there! Lots of deep whumphing. ... See MoreSee Less
Thursday night will bring the beginning of a major weather pattern change. Get out and enjoy the snow this weekend, because next week is looking very warm and rainy with snow levels up to 4000-5000ft.
The good news is, it’s going to dump this weekend. Light snow starts Friday morning, with 4-12″ likely by Saturday morning. The main event comes in Saturday-Saturday night, when an additional 12-24″ may fall. The path of the Low is a little uncertain right now, but current indications are that snow levels will stay at sea level for the majority of the event, and only rise briefly on Sunday. Think snow!!!
(photo below is 10-day precip estimate Feb 8-18th. Expecting 6-12" of precip. over the mountains and unusually high freezing levels) ... See MoreSee Less