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Forecast Center Observation

Date2019-11-20
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Ann Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

November 18th to 20th Thompson Pass storm snow total so far: 41" with for 4 inches water equivalent. Height of snow 36".

 
Date2019-11-03
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheY

General Observations

Noticed a few glide releases in Maritime and Transition zones. Mostly south aspects, except a couple westerly facing steep slopes between 3000-4000' elevation. Photo: below Catcher Mitt and Schoolbus gully.  

 
Date2019-10-29
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheY

General Observations

Rain to ridgetops. Some wet loose avalanches to size above 3000' in steep terrain. 

 
Date2019-10-30
LocationValdez
Observerpete
AvalancheN

General Observations

Large avalanche off Snowslide at MP 16 stopped just above the Pack trail.

 
Date2019-10-27
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

Little Odyssey 1:30-4pm  Overcast sky/32F/No precip/Light to Mod SE wind/Flat LightSki pen ~10cm. Foot pen ~20cm.Kid ski at bottom of Little Odyssey. Average snowpack was about 60cm, distributed by previous storm winds. No wind transport while we were there. Layers were more or less uniform rounds and wet grains, right-side up. Some old facets at the ground.  

 
Date2019-10-11
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Klause
AvalancheN

General Observations

I witnessed several point release slides on south facing aspects around the town of Valdez. Mile High peak and the slopes to the west. Snow level looks to be ~2500 ft and dropping. Happy winter all!

 
Date2019-04-20
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Klause
AvalancheN

General Observations

6-8" at Salmonberry for Beacons and Eggs. Heavy, dense snowfall, large flakes, very little base left at and around sea level.

 
Date2019-03-31
LocationValdez
ObserverJason Champion
AvalancheN

General Observations

 
Date2019-03-26
LocationValdez
ObserverBen, Sunny, Josh and Zach
AvalancheN

General Observations

HIker triggered cornice drop triggered large avalanche.   About D2.5 size. Northwest Aspect. Page 2 of the books.

 
Date2019-03-25
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Sobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

Snowmachine remote trigger from today (3/25/19), about 1pm. Hardslab. Failed on some near surface facets - the layer that slid seemed like it was the most recent snow from 3 or 4 days ago, (hasn’t been precipping much up that direction) Happened in Hurtle creek, SW Aspect, 35-40 degree start zone. Crown was 1-3’ deep.…

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverRich Loftin
AvalancheN

General Observations

Top Bowl slide

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverRich Loftin
AvalancheN

General Observations

Better Pics of Hogback slides.

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverRich Loftin
AvalancheN

General Observations

West slopes in area 5, multiple slides. Stay clear.

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverRich Loftin
AvalancheN

General Observations

Multiple slides on the steeper slopes of Hogback. After I got home I could see a substantial slide of the back wall in the top bowl. I hear this may have been snowmachine triggered.

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Observed innumerable wet loose avalanches size D-1 to D-2 on all aspects below 4500' from 46 mile to the Port.  Also noted a substantial amount of slab avalanches on all aspects, although more prevalent on NW-NE.  Slab avalanches were observed ranging in size from D1.5 to 2.5 on N. Tiekel East face, Happiness, Billy Mitchell, Three pigs South,…

 
Date2019-03-19
LocationValdez
ObserverGraham Hogan
AvalancheN

General Observations

Witnessed avalanche come down the face of The Square near Mt. Diamond. Released just below cornice. Wind loading observed.

 
Date2019-03-17
LocationValdez
ObserverMatthew VonLintig
AvalancheN

General Observations

Many natural wet loose avalanches observed on all aspects near Thompson pass below 3000'. 

 
Date2019-03-16
LocationValdez
ObserverAnonymous
AvalancheN

General Observations

We skinned up part of the ridge leading to Little Odessey starting around 2:30 p.m. and remained pretty conservative in how far we planned to go, opting to stay within sight of the road. Heavy snow and wind made for poor visibility and flat light. We dug a pit at our turnaround point, on the ridge with a…

 
Date2019-03-09
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Toured up Billy Mitchell to 3000'.  Surface snow was moist to wet up to 2200',becoming drier above that. At 3000' wx was Overcast, lightly snowing, calm and 30 degrees F.  Later in the day Tiekel, Three Pigs and Billy Mitchell were flagging above 4000' from moderate to strong S-SW winds. There was 2 inches of fresh…

 
Date2019-03-01
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

I went up to 54 mile and dug a pit at a very similar location as a pit I had dug on Feb 2, to compare results.   4800' West aspect on a broad ridge, nearly flat.  Found Buried Surface Hoar 35 cm's down.  Probably deeper down once you got off of the ridge.  Showing…

 
Date2019-02-24
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Went to Heiden Glacier and found a variety of stripped snow and 10-30 cm's of pencil hard wind slab on the approach.  No reaction, shooting cracks or collapsing on test slopes.  Skied a NE facing ramp and found that the snow had mostly been stripped down to old snow by wind.  The snow that was stripped…

 
Date2019-02-23
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah
AvalancheN

General Observations

Clear, light north wind, -5C Moonlight BasinWind raked. Pencil hard windslab 10-30cm thick adhered to variable surfaces. No fresh activity observed.

 
Date2019-02-22
LocationValdez
ObserverPeter biskind
AvalancheN

General Observations

Small natural wind slab avalanches..at 2800' RFS.

 
Date2019-02-15
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Saw a large natural wind slab avalanche on Hippie Ridge.  Avalanche released at about 4000' and ran approximately 1500' . R2.5-D2.5, crown was about 150 meters wide.  What was notable about this slide was that it appears to have stepped down about 300' below the initial crown.  Step down was most likely to the persistent weak layer…

 
Date2019-01-30
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Ski toured up North aspect of 33 mile today "RFS".  Found 40 cm's "16 inches" of settled snow from the most recent storm sitting on a rain crust up to 2500 feet.  Dug a pit at 3500' on a North aspect.  Found preserved 2-3mm buried surface hoar with 95cm's "3 feet" of new snow on top.  Got…

 
Date2019-01-27
LocationValdez
ObserverAndrew Roche
AvalancheN

General Observations

A small avalanche was observed adjacent to the snowmachine uptrack into Bro Bowl (Girls Mountain). The avalanche was on a South facing aspect, ~3000ft, crown ~12”, D:2/R1.5, and appeared to be snowmachine triggered.

 
Date2019-01-26
LocationValdez
ObserverMorgan Gantz
AvalancheN

General Observations

Toured behind the tsaina lodge, observed a large crown of at least a D2 size on a North East aspect slope in the distance. Observed a few other smaller slides on RFS, North aspect. Took a photo of the big one and will send along. 

 
Date2019-01-26
LocationValdez
ObserverWilly Fahey
AvalancheN

General Observations

Experienced a remotely triggered avalanche by snowmobile above Tonsina glacier, Dawn valley. There were many natural slides around the area.

 
Date2019-01-25
LocationValdez
ObserverPeter
AvalancheN

General Observations

Low in Loveland Basin, and also low in Catcher's Mitt (2800' and 2500'). Jan 25, 2019.Snowpit test results: ECTP8 (x3 separate tests), down 30cm at new-old snow interface. Storm slab sitting on buried facets. This weak layer is widespread from the port to at least mile 55. There is surface hoar and near surface facets that are…

 
Date2019-01-18
LocationValdez
ObserverRusty
AvalancheN

General Observations

Toured on Crudbusters this evening, found the following:-wind: calm to light-sky: clear, with a band of intermittent valley fog from approx 2100-2400 feet-surface hoar ranging from 2-8 mm from 2300 feet up on the established skin track.  we got as high as 3772 feet and it was still widespread.  Smaller SH and or near surface faceting was also…

 
Date2019-01-13
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skiing at 43 mile on a South aspect at 3500 feet found 3-4 inches of fresh snow.  The fresh snow was easily sluffing on slopes above 40 degrees and entraining the old snow and running a considerable distance.  The old snow that was being entrained consisted of near surface facets.  The fact that the snow was sluffing so…

 
Date2019-01-07
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

At 38 mile on South aspect found Surface Hoar developing from the highway 1600' up to 3500'. Above this it quickly disappeared.  Temp -30 F at highway, -5 at 4000 feet Clear and Calm.

 
Date2019-01-04
LocationValdez
ObserverKsobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

Couple small windslab naturals leeward of the most recent southerly storm. Also a bigger (d2+) slab avalanche on a south face at about 3500’, average 3’ crown on the south face just under little girls. Looks like it slid during the last storm down to an old rain crust. I think per usual the mid elevations are most sketch although conditions seem overall pretty…

 
Date2019-01-03
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skiing on hippie ridge today found that at mid elevations 2500-4000 feet the new snow had been redistributed by the wind .   Above 4000 feet there was less wind affect in the location we were skiing up to 5700 feet. On the bench below 4000 feet 3 skiers triggered shallow soft slabs about 6 inches…

 
Date2018-12-28
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Dug a pit on Crudbusters at 4000' N aspect 35 degree slope. The temp was 21 F, Scattered clouds, and calm.  The Snowpack height was 250 cms at this location.  On shovel shear tests found 3 Q1 shears with sudden planar character at 50,65, and 90 cms down from the surface. There was also a Q2 with…

 
Date2018-12-26
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Over the last few days I have noticed that there are Glide Cracks on NE Crudbuster, NW Crudbuster, NE Python and E Stone mountain.  All of these have had full depth releases with the exception of the one on Python.  The areas that slid are all very small in relation to the slope they were…

 
Date2018-12-23
LocationValdez
ObserverKaren
AvalancheN

General Observations

Cracked Ice arena. Calm winds. 5-12 degrees.good visibility.At 3000’ probed a crusty layer at 40 cm.20-30 cm powder up to 3500’. Wind affected snow above 3500’ with shallow wind crust forming on western facing slope.Observed a persistent slab release on western slope below cornice on RFS.Observed a 400’ glide crack on western facing slope above Cracked Ice…

 
Date2018-12-23
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Sobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

12/21,12/22- North side of Rice Mountain & Squaw Creek had on average 6+' at 4000'. Windloading had occurred from the south during the last couple storms, affecting more of the Squaw Creek area. 4000-5000' had about 1.5 feet of super light powder on top of a 1 finger hard 2-6' thick layer that had a punchy base (facets) of 6-12'' of more sugary snow. Although during the last couple of weeks…

 
Date12/12/2018
LocationValdez
ObserverPeter Biskind
AvalancheN

General Observations

Snowpit south of gully 3 (Nicks) on broad north face. 2700' 25deg. Lightly snowing. 200cm. There is 30cm of new snow that skied well on top of older, stiffer snow. The highest rain crust is down 70cm (probably from Dec 7th). Below there are multiple layers with crust-facet combos and at the bottom is 20cm…

 
Date2018-12-05
LocationValdez
ObserverKaren
AvalancheN

General Observations

Noon to 2:00. Flat light. Calm winds. Southern ridge of Catchers Mitt. 0 Celsius. 4-8cm roller balls forming on SSE face of ridge. Top 10cm of snowpack was moist. At 2900' probed a bench on the NW face of the ridge. Snow 60cm deep. Probed through a uniform pack to a narrow ice crust at…

 
Date2018-12-03
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

The attached full profile was dug at a location that was not heavily loaded by S storm wind. This pit shows 15 CMS new snow, but some areas loaded by the wind were much deeper. 30-45cms~. These loaded areas were sensitive to triggers. Numerous size 1-2 natural avalanches were observed on a variety of aspects…

 
Date2018-12-02
LocationValdez
ObserverKyle Sobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

54 mile/North side of Rice Mountain- Low coverage overall, 1' of softer powder at 4000' with 2-3' base of firmer snow. No natural signs of instability. A good amount of wind loading from the from the south wind, some areas were not affected.

 
Date2018-12-02
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

Traveling up Loveland ridge noon to 3 pm. Overcast day with flat light. Winds and snowfall increasing throughout afternoon. Minimal snow accumulation observed. 8-10cm thick rain crust under varying depths of storm/wind slab. ECT in a north facing wind loaded slope resulted in ECTP23 Q1 sudden planar fracture 68cm down from surface on top of…

 
Date2018-12-01
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

We toured up the lower catchers mit area. We saw some fresh storm slabs approximately 15 cm deep sitting on the old rain crust. Mixed results in compression and ect test. They ranged from easy failures with Q1 planar shear quality to some progressive compressions. New snow ( approximately 2-4 inches), Moderate wind speeds increasing…

 
Date2018-12-01
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

We toured up the lower catchers mit area. We saw some fresh storm slabs approximately 15 cm deep sitting on the old rain crust. Mixed results in compression and ect test. They ranged from easy failures with Q1 planar shear quality to some progressive compressions. New snow ( approximately 2-4 inches), Moderate wind speeds increasing…

 
Date2018-11-29
LocationValdez
ObserverSarah Carter
AvalancheN

General Observations

Obscured sky. Lower Catcher Mitt above 3000': Report of 3-4" new snow over 30" base.

 
Date2018-11-30
LocationValdez
ObserverPWSC Avalanche Rec 1 Class
AvalancheN

General Observations

1-4pm clear, increasing cloud toward afternoon.14F, calm. Little Odyssey Snowpack depth varies due to past wind events ~40-105cm. 10cm powder on top of pencil plus rain crust with less dense settling snow below. Crust does fall off planar weakness below. One loose avalanche, size 1-2, in steep, south-southwest aspect. Other than, no significant activity observed.

 
Date2018-11-30
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

On Catchers Mit found a snowpack that was shallow at 3000-3500 feet 80 cms. The snow quickly became deeper with elevation 180 cms at 4000 feet and 270 cms at 5000 feet. On Loveland basin the previous day the numbers were very similar. The surface snow below 3500 feet consisted of a few inches of…