1 large avalanche was reported on Dec 23rd: a slab avalanche near the ridgeline of RFS, below the cornice. It was reported as possibly a size 2.5, persistent slab that ran 800-1000′.
Over the past few days several small wind slabs released near Thompson Pass from human triggers and several more small cornices released naturally, south facing 3-4000′.
The most up to date NWS Rec Forecast can be found HERE:
315 PM AKST Fri Dec 28 2018
The Thompson Pass Mountain Forecast covers the mountains (above
1000 ft) surrounding Keystone Canyon through Thompson Pass to
Temp at 1000` 22 F 25 F
Temp at 3000` 26 F 25 F
Chance of precip 80% 80%
(above 1000 FT) 0.25 in 0.24 in
(above 1000 FT) 3-4 in 3-4 in
Snow level sea level 500 ft
Wind 3000` ridges E 5-20 mph E 5-15 mph
If you get out riding, please send in an observation!
Do a rescue practice with your partners. Always carry a beacon, shovel, and probe, and KNOW HOW TO USE THEM.
Practice good risk management, which means only expose one person at a time to slopes 30 degrees and steeper, make group communication and unanimous decision making a priority, and choose your terrain wisely: eliminating unnecessary exposure and planning out your safe zones and escape routes.
The overall hazard is moderate and all 3 zones have the same forecast. Click ‘full forecast’ to get more info.
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