Valdez

Forecast Expired

Above 4,000ftModerate

2,000 to 4,000ftModerate

Below 2,000ftLow

Degrees of Avalanche Danger

Avalanche Problems

Problem 1

Wind Slab:

Likelihood:

  • Almost Certain
  • Very Likely
  • Likely
  • Possible
  • Unlikely

Size:

  • Historic
  • Very Large
  • Large
  • Small

Trend

  • Increasing
  • Steady
  • Decreasing

Problem 2

Persistent Slab:

Likelihood:

  • Almost Certain
  • Very Likely
  • Likely
  • Possible
  • Unlikely

Size:

  • Historic
  • Very Large
  • Large
  • Small

Trend

  • Increasing
  • Steady
  • Decreasing

Avalanche Activity

No new avalanches reported since December 13.

Weather

From the NWS Rec Fx for Thompson Pass:

329 AM AKST Sun Dec 23 2018
The Thompson Pass Mountain Forecast covers the mountains (above
1000 ft) surrounding Keystone Canyon through Thompson Pass to
Worthington Glacier.
                   Today        Tonight

Temp at 1000`      25-31 F      18-24 F

Temp at 3000`      18-22 F      10-14 F

Chance of precip   0%           0%

Precip amount
(above 1000 FT)    0.00 in      0.00 in

Snow amount
(above 1000 FT)    0 in         0 in

Snow level         400 ft       sea level

Wind 3000` ridges  NE 10-29 mph NE 8-26 mph

Remarks...None.

Additional Information

Remember the choice is yours: 

Do YOU

Have the right route,

              With the right group,

                       In the right conditions,

                                    On the right day?

Live to ride another day!

Link to VAC Facebook Video update about sea level snowpack.

Announcements

Early season conditions still dominate the Valdez region: low overall snowpack and multiple buried problem layers. We have seen little recent avalanche activity; but just because a bear is sleeping doesn’t mean you should poke it. There are a lot of slopes under 30 degrees, without terrain traps, available to choose from.