All avalanche terrain should be avoided this weekend. This includes lower runout zones in valley bottoms.

Details about Wednesday's avalanche fatality will be updated on our accidents page: https://alaskasnow.org/haines-hac/haines-accidents/

All avalanche terrain should be avoided this weekend. This includes lower runout zones in valley bottoms.

Details about Wednesday's avalanche fatality will be updated on our accidents page: https://alaskasnow.org/haines-hac/haines-accidents/

All avalanche terrain should be avoided this weekend. This includes lower runout zones in valley bottoms.

Details about Wednesday's avalanche fatality will be updated on our accidents page: https://alaskasnow.org/haines-hac/haines-accidents/

All avalanche terrain should be avoided this weekend. This includes lower runout zones in valley bottoms.

Details about Wednesday's avalanche fatality will be updated on our accidents page: https://alaskasnow.org/haines-hac/haines-accidents/

Chilkat PassTransitionalLutak
Forecast as of 2019-03-16 at 08:00 am and expires on 2019-03-17

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Below 1,500ftConsiderable

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Forecast as of 2019-03-16 at 08:00 am and expires on 2019-03-17

Current Advisory Level

High

Above 2,500ftHigh

1,500 to 2,500ftHigh

Below 1,500ftConsiderable

+ FULL FORECAST
Forecast as of 2019-03-16 at 08:00 am and expires on 2019-03-17

Current Advisory Level

High

Above 2,500ftHigh

1,500 to 2,500ftHigh

Below 1,500ftConsiderable

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Forecast Center Observation

Date2019-03-18
LocationHaines
ObserverCharlie Stewart
AvalancheN

General Observations

Jet Stream woes! Unseasonably warm temps hit the Chilkats starting 3/18 -- field observations on 3/19 revealed an inversion with warm temps (41F @4500') / (48F @5000') and numerous natural avalanches on all aspects at all elevations. Stopped to dig around on East & West aspects in the Flight School area (across the Takhin drainage and West of…

 
Date2019-03-18
LocationHaines
ObserverJeff Moskowitz
AvalancheN

General Observations

House Zone: Looking out the window from town at Telemark Ridge (NE-aspect above 1500') there are recent crown lines on almost every 30+ degree convexity. Interesting to see how the fractures overlap, connect and step-down. These photos may serve as exercises for mental mapping avalanche terrain, where pockets of snow could slide out. Natural avalanche activity is…

 
Date2019-03-18
LocationHaines
ObserverErik Stevens
AvalancheN

General Observations

Took a look at the mountains around town this morning. Elevations between 1500-5000ft had a big avalanche cycle yesterday. Most crowns are around 1m thick and are extensive, filling wide basins. Mostly recent snow coming down I believe, but stepped down to midpack layers in some places. Lots of D3's. Nearly every slope I observed had a large…

 

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Haines Avalanche Center

Sharing information to provide a safer backcountry experience for locals and visitors to Haines.

We provide regular backcountry avalanche forecasts for three zones:

Lutak Zone: Includes mount Ripinsky, point 3920, 7-mile saddle, Chilly ridge, Tukgahgo mountain, bowls and peaks surrounding Lutak inlet and lower Chilkoot lake, city of Haines, and mount Riley
Transitional Zone: Includes Takhin ridge, Old Faithful, Flower mountain, Surgeon mountain, Four Winds mountain
Chilkat Pass Zone: Includes 5-mile creek, 3-Guardsmen, Mineral mountain, Copper butte, Inspector peak, Nadahini mountain/glacier, and Kusawak peak

 

Staff & Volunteers


Erik Stevens

Forecaster and Director

Erik mentored hundreds of backcountry riders during four years as the president of Backcountry Club at the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he also taught Avalanche Level 1. College for Erik was a balance between charting new ski descents on obscure peaks, and hard work to complete his master’s degree in Remote Sensing, Earth, and Space Sciences, with certificates in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Oceanography. He holds his Level 3 Certification from the American Avalanche Institute, and his AIARE Avalanche Level II certification. He's a Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association and he continually supplements his training through ongoing professional development and mentorship. He has been a ski guide for Alaska Mountain Guides, an educator teaching Avalanche safety courses for DPS and the Haines school, and a forecaster with 8 seasons of experience in Haines. Erik spent two years working on operational forecasting research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and one year at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, researching climate model sensitivity to global ocean processes. He moved to Haines, Alaska in 2010, where he founded the Haines Avalanche Information Center. He is obsessed with snow, passionate about backcountry riding, and can be found on his splitboard throughout Alaska’s winter wilderness.

Jeff Moskowitz

Education Director, Field Technician

Jeff grew up downhill skiing with his family at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada in 1994. He has since then skied throughout the Canadian Rockies, Utah, Washington, Colorado, and Alaska. While pursuing a geography degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder he joined the Backcountry Club staff, a student organization for backcountry riders in 2006. He took a Level II course with AIARE in 2009 and shortly thereafter began teaching Avalanche Level 1 for the Outdoor Program at the University of Colorado. Jeff moved to what he now considers home Haines, Alaska in 2010. Here he continues his passion for backcountry skiing and avalanche safety with the HAC and contributes heavily to forecasts and local observations since the center's founding. With annual grants from the DPS and Alaska State Trooper, he has been a public educator on snow travel and backcountry preparedness, in both the communities of Haines and Skagway since 2013. Jeff served on the executive board of directors for the AAIC from 2015-2017 and has attended recent professional development such as: SAAW in Anchorage November 2015 & 2017, the ISSW in Breckenridge October 2016, AIARE ITC in Valdez December 2016. He is an A3 Pro member and Pro 1 certified since a bridge exam in Hatcher's Pass December 2018 .

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