We will be providing an AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Class this winter in Haines, February 22-25, 2018
Above 2,500ft None
1,500 to 2,500ft None
Below 1,500ft None
Degrees of Avalanche Danger ?
Avalanche season is here. Snow is accumulating above 2,500ft and the ski conditions are improving in areas that tend to hold snow. These areas are generally wind-loaded, which means wind slabs can be expected in the new snow. October can be sketchy, several avalanche fatalities have occurred this time of year.
Keep your guard up, and feel around for slabby, layered snow which may be unstable. Start the season with fresh batteries in your beacon, and practice with your beacon, shovel, and probe.
If you get out on the snow, send in your observations! We will start regular forecasting when enough obs start coming in.
Recent Avalanche Activity
Small – Moderate natural avalanche activity is occurring during/after storms. So far it has been mostly loose-snow slides, with a few wind slab avalanches likely to have occurred as well.
October 5th: 4-10″ of snow fell above 4,500ft.
October 13-15th: 6-12″ of snow fell above 2,500ft in the Lutak and Transitional zones, less snow fell in the Pass zone.
The rest of October is looking generally cold with snow possible down to sea level with any storms that come in. Think SNOW!