Eastern Alaska Range

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Currently, the Eastern Alaska Range Avalanche Center does not issue forecasts. We encourage all users to make educated and informed decisions whenever you choose to travel into avalanche terrain. Careful evaluation of the snowpack, cautious route-finding, and conservative decision-making should be used at all times. Consult recent user observations and available weather resources for more information.

Please refer to the public observations below or our Facebook timeline.

4 Comments on Eastern Alaska Range

Trevor Grams said : Report Subscribe 2 weeks ago

Rainbow Basin We were able to drive a Tacoma a little ways past Red Rocks Canyon. Toured into the basin via a route just east of the creek that drains the glacier. Made it onto the toe of the glacier before turning around due to flat light. The rain crust from the Oct 30 warm spell reaches the toe of the glacier (5,000 ft). This crust is highly variable in density and thickness across the terrain. In some places it is shiny and smooth, and other places it covers rough wind features that existed before the WX event. Cold snow was falling during the tour. 4-6 inches has been undisturbed by the wind at the toe of the glacier. At lower elevations, a north wind was strong enough to be stripping leeward slopes and depositing windslab on southern slopes. The windslabs were 1-6 inches deep in most places and growing. They were reactive on the rain crust. The Oct 30 rain crust provides a nice base to ski on, but will be a layer to watch for avy danger in the future. Due to its high variability across terrain features, beware of digging a single pit to evaluate this layer. Drove to the south end of Rainbow Ridge after getting out. Rainbow Basin was the only basin catching the WX coming from the North. There was a very abrupt break between clouds and snow and blue skies halfway down Rainbow Ridge.

  • 11/11/2017
Jerry Lee Sadler said : Report Subscribe a month ago

Early Season in The Hoo Doos 18-22 degrees. Partly Cloudy. 5 MPH Wind from the South. Followed the Arctic Man course up to and behind "The Tit" 5800 ft elevation. Packed trail and rocks all the way until the top half of "The Tit". Top half West-Northwest facing bowl 1 1/2 ft deep. Snow depth doubles in the East-Southeast facing bowl. Small wind load on this aspect, no movement, no propagation of edge, consistent around entire edge of bowl. Direct south facing flats facing the Wrangells just below the drop in for Arctic Man had a two finger firm bed against the ground, a 1/2 inch above that was a small 1/4 inch ice crust a with a foot of four finger and then a foot of fist fluff. Layers on both sides of the ice crust adhered really well. Could not break off a smooth piece of the ice crust, snow or ground would come with it. Happy to see the strong ground adhesion and consistent 4 finger to cold smoke fluff on top around this 5000 foot elevation area. Lots more snow needed and lots more expected variables to come. Let's keep an eye on these layers as they build and pay close attention to our intercontinental snowpack. Sorry about the use of the Imperial System for measurements. My ability to eyeball Metric is just not there yet. *couldnt get videos to upload because of max file size exceeded. Only had a 2 minute video. Maybe we can up the file size to a decent iPhone size video. I'll try to get them on the Facebook page

  • 22/10/2017
Sarah Carter
Sarah_Carter said : Report Subscribe 11 months ago

Report of 20" on the ground near Miller Creek with snow falling and moderate to strong west-southwest wind transporting snow along highway MP 203-218. Heavy snow at times with 5-10" in the Deltas area accumulating by Saturday. Plan your New Year's adventures with avalanche eyeballs on.

  • 29/12/2016
Hank Statscewich said : Report Subscribe 12 months ago

Fellow Snow Travelers, Had a great weekend trip up the Gulkana Glacier on 11/12-11/13. Conditions were clear and cold on the way up the Gulkana Glacier with temps just below 30 and light winds. We had to rope up to cross a crevasse field where the Moore Icefall enters the Gulkana. Wind crust and sastrugi dominated the snow conditions all the way up to 6,000' elevation, we heard several large whumphs as we approached the USGS hut but were able to steer clear of the steeper slopes. Overnight the winds howled up glacier (from the SW), strong enough to blow a person over so I'm not sure I believe the Gulkana Glacier weather station which recorded a max wind gust of 17 mph. By 7 am the winds abated, clouds cleared and we made a push for the summit of nearby Cony Mountain. Snow conditions remained a mixed bag of boiler plate wind crust and sastrugi all the way to 7,400'. We skied back towards the hut and found a low angle pitch of undisturbed snow at the 6,000' level. I think this snow was partially deposited and/or sheltered from the winds the night prior. All in all it was a great early season trip, glaciers seem to be the place to ski right now as they don't have scree lurking under the surface waiting to tear up your bases. Just need to be mindful of crevasses, have the gear to haul someone out and choose safe travel routes.

  • 13/11/2016

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