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This will be our last update of the season. Click the + Full Forecast link below for each zone to read more. Thanks to all of our supporters, contributors, and sponsors for a great season!
Due to the US/Canada border closure, we have very limited information about conditions in the Chilkat Pass zone. Updates for this zone are based on conditions on the US side and may be quite different in the Pass. We will not be issuing danger ratings for the Pass this season.
This will be our last update of the season. Click the + Full Forecast link below for each zone to read more. Thanks to all of our supporters, contributors, and sponsors for a great season!
This will be our last update of the season. Click the + Full Forecast link below for each zone to read more. Thanks to all of our supporters, contributors, and sponsors for a great season!
Chilkat PassTransitionalLutak
Forecast as of 11/20/2020 at 08:00 AM and expires on 11/22/2020

Current Advisory Level

None

Above 2,500ftNone

1,500 to 2,500ftNone

Below 1,500ftNone

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Forecast Expired - 04/30/2021

Current Advisory Level

None

Above 2,500ftConsiderable

1,500 to 2,500ftConsiderable

Below 1,500ftModerate

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Forecast Expired - 04/30/2021

Current Advisory Level

None

Above 2,500ftConsiderable

1,500 to 2,500ftConsiderable

Below 1,500ftModerate

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Forecast Center Observation

Date2021-04-19
LocationHaines
ObserverErik Stevens
AvalancheN

General Observations

Observed this D3 wet slab in action at about 2pm today. Transitional zone, Takhin ridge, E aspect at 2800ft. We are still in the midst of a large wet slide cycle. Expect this kind of activity to continue during times of daytime solar radiation.

 
Date2021-04-16
LocationHaines
ObserverJeff Moskowitz
AvalancheN

General Observations

Lutak Zone: 2500’/E-Aspect/Clear/Light N-Wind/45F. Strong solar radiation and above freezing temperatures kicked off spring with the first big wet avalanche cycle of the season. All aspects and elevations appeared to have released wet debris and loud natural avalanches occurred throughout the day with near record high temperatures. Without a strong overnight freeze below 32F, surface…

 
Date2021-04-15
LocationHaines
ObserverLucinda Boyce
AvalancheN

General Observations

04/15/2021: 6PM 5.75/6 mile Haines Highway, heard avalance coming down from Ripinski Ridge, west of Schnabel's gravel pit, just east of slide above 6mile. Looked to have tracked down the east side of the 6mile bowl. 04/16/2021: 11AM 6 mile Haines Highway, heard avalance coming down from Rpiniski Ridge, in appx same area as 04/15/2021.

 

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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

Map of the three backcountry avalanche forecast zone: Lutak, Transitional and Chilkat Pass.

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Staff & Volunteers


Erik Stevens

Forecaster and Director

Erik has been mentoring backcountry riders and teaching avalanche courses since 2007. His experience includes snowboard first-descents on obscure peaks, and a Master’s degree in Remote Sensing, Earth, and Space Sciences, with certificates in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Oceanography. He has worked for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds an AAI Level 3 Certification, and an AIARE Level II. He's a Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association. He has been a ski guide for Alaska Mountain Guides, and a forecaster with 11 seasons of experience in Haines.

Jeff Moskowitz

Forecaster and Educator

For over a decade in Haines, Jeff's fascination with snow and avalanches has led him to trainings and professional certificates for forecasting and education. His trips to the mountains these days are all about risk management, the human factor, and snowpack assessment. He shares his observations publicly so that others can make more informed decisions in the backcountry, as they plan and go about their day. He is an American Avalanche Association (A3) Pro member and Pro 2 certified.

Tim Thomas

Forecaster and Educator

Originally from Colorado and Texas, Tim now calls Haines home. In 2004 he started his professional career in the snow world as a helicopter ski guide. As an American Avalanche Association (A3) pro member, Pro 2, Pro Rescue and WEMT, he has now turned his skills and interest to avalanche education mainly focusing on the progressive evolution of the motorized user groups.

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