Early Season Report: October 18, 2017

Issued: Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 12PM

Expires: Sat, Oct 21, 2017

Early winter 2017-18. Daily forecasts will begin when conditions warrant in mid-November.
Until then, get your brain in gear for winter:

  • change the batteries in your transceiver
  • refresh your avalanche skills- November 18 Avalanche Rescue Workshop, Valdez Civic Center 10am-2pm
  • bookmark this forecast page
  • get your riding buddies stoked to wax their skis, change their sled oil, and/or buy that floatpack they’ve been needing
  • mark the date for the first of the season VAC social events – November 17 Winter is Coming Boondocker Films 12 &13, Civic Center 7pm.

Above 2,500ft None

1,800 to 2,500ft None

Below 1,800ft None

Degrees of Avalanche Danger ?

1. Low
2. Moderate
3. Considerable
4. High
5. Extreme

Avalanche Danger Rose ?

Avalanche Problems ?

Problem Details

Recent Avalanche Activity

An observation of a size 2 slab release was reported over the weekend on the ramp of Meteorite.

Recent Weather

Additional Info & Media

Kyle Sobek photo. 1st snow at Thompson Pass. Oct. 6, 2017-18

While there has been termination dust on the peaks since mid-August, October 6th was the first time it stuck at Thompson Pass. The snowline dropped down and 3-4″ of the white stuff accumulated. October 11-12 added another 3-5″ of snowfall down to 2500′.

This week as skies cleared, a moderate to strong north wind began transporting upper elevation dry snow. Peaks were seen flagging Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct.17-18.

If you are considering getting up into the snow, put your winter brain on. Consider the possibility of triggering a pocket of windslab from below. While coverage is still thin, high gullies could have 2-4′ of snow in them near ridgetops.

Posted in Continental Forecasts, Intermountain Forecasts, Maritime Forecasts, VAC Forecasts.
Sarah Carter

Forecaster: Sarah Carter