Due to limited funding this season, we will be issuing occasional advisories dependent on conditions. Click the -Full Forecast- button below for more details and to sign up for Rescue and Level 1 Courses. Please keep submitting your observations to keep everyone up-to-date on current conditions.

Details about the Dec. 30 fatal avalanche can be found on our Accidents page.

Due to limited funding this season, we will be issuing occasional advisories dependent on conditions. Click the -Full Forecast- button below for more details and to sign up for Rescue and Level 1 Courses. Please keep submitting your observations to keep everyone up-to-date on current conditions.

Due to limited funding this season, we will be issuing occasional advisories dependent on conditions. Click the -Full Forecast- button below for more details and to sign up for Rescue and Level 1 Courses. Please keep submitting your observations to keep everyone up-to-date on current conditions.

Due to limited funding this season, we will be issuing occasional advisories dependent on conditions. Click the -Full Forecast- button below for more details and to sign up for Rescue and Level 1 Courses. Please keep submitting your observations to keep everyone up-to-date on current conditions.

Chilkat PassTransitionalLutak
Forecast as of 01/02/2020 at 8:00 am and expires on 01/02/2020

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Forecast as of 12/26/2019 at 8:00 am and expires on 12/26/2019

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1,500 to 2,500ftNone

Below 1,500ftNone

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Forecast as of 12/26/2019 at 8:00 am and expires on 12/26/2019

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Forecast Center Observation

Date2020-01-17
LocationHaines
ObserverErik Stevens
AvalancheN

General Observations

Observations from 3000ft in the Jones Gap area: Beautiful day out in the cold wintery world. Ski quality moderately good in protected pockets in the basin. Snowpack: Midpack is rock-hard refrozen in most areas, but we were able to find some higher slopes near 3000ft where that midpack bridge was weak, facetted, and prone to punching through to facets…

 
Date2020-01-15
LocationHaines
ObserverJeff Moskowitz
AvalancheN

General Observations

Lutak Zone: Ripinsky Meadow near main trail at 2500'/E-aspect/Clear/NW Winds/Light-Gusts-Moderate/Temps 0F! Most noteable are the 15cm!! of loose sugary near-surface facets (NSF) over a stout 4cm knife hard melt-freeze crust. As for an avalanche recipe we have a weak layer, a rock hard bed surface and are missing a slab over top. Saw visible wind transport near…

 
Date2020-01-03
LocationHaines
ObserverErik Stevens
AvalancheN

General Observations

Observed several D2-D3 natural slides in the Flower mountain / Glacier Creek area on steep south aspects around 4500ft. Slides appeared to be running on same deep crust layer as recent slides noted in the Chilkat Pass. They probably ran near the end of the last major snowfall/warming event at the end of December.

 

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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

Forecaster and Educator

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, Alaska and Norway. In 2006, while attending university in Boulder, Colorado he became a staff member of the Backcountry Club. In 2009 he took an AIARE Level II course and shortly after began teaching Level I courses. Jeff now lives in Haines, Alaska and since 2010 has continued his passion for backcountry riding and avalanche safety with the HAC. He contributes heavily to local forecasts, observations and education programs. With annual grants from the Department of Public Safety and Alaska State Troopers, he has been a public educator on snow travel and backcountry preparedness since 2013 and AIARE Course Instructor since 2016. Jeff served on the executive board of directors for the AAIC from 2015-2017. He attended recent professional development such as: SAAW in Anchorage November 2015 & 2017, 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 Hatchers Pass December 2018 .

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