This will be our last update of the season. Thanks so much to all our sponsors, members, contributors, and supporters for keeping HAC strong and keeping Haines safe! See you here in November. Click the + Full Forecast button to read more details about current Spring hazards.
This will be our last update of the season. Thanks so much to all our sponsors, members, contributors, and supporters for keeping HAC strong and keeping Haines safe! See you here in November. Click the + Full Forecast button to read more details about current Spring hazards.
This will be our last update of the season. Thanks so much to all our sponsors, members, contributors, and supporters for keeping HAC strong and keeping Haines safe! See you here in November. Click the + Full Forecast button to read more details about current Spring hazards.
This will be our last update of the season. Thanks so much to all our sponsors, members, contributors, and supporters for keeping HAC strong and keeping Haines safe! See you here in November. Click the + Full Forecast button to read more details about current Spring hazards.
Chilkat PassTransitionalLutak
Forecast as of 04/28/2022 at 07:00 AM and expires on 04/28/2022

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Forecast Center Observation

Date2022-05-07
LocationHaines
ObserverJohn Upton
AvalancheN

General Observations

Observed a cornice failure that resulted in a step down slide on a NE aspect at approximately 5500’.  Temp was 28 degrees but full sunlight.  Overall snow conditions were stable with 3-4” of powder.

 
Date2022-04-29
LocationHaines
ObserverJohn Upton
AvalancheN

General Observations

Mumford’s - NW Aspect.  50+ degree temperature at 2,500’.  Soft corn conditions on surface.  60cm of snow to melt/freeze layer.  230cm of total snow depth.  Observed a large brown bear exiting den just SE of Mumford’s proper top.  

 
Date2022-04-24
LocationHaines
ObserverBeth Fenhaus
AvalancheN

General Observations

Went up Piedad trail this afternoon. Snow started at ~1000ft, started skinning ~1200ft, and started boot packing on decent ~1500ft. Variable icy to corn conditions in the trees. Above tree line was variable corn conditions (primarily feed-quality corn with sections of cream corn.) Our objective of the day was to go to the weather station…

 

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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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Brown bear denning ecology in Southeast Alaska presentation by ADFG Wildlife Biologist Anthony Crupi.

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 twelve consecutive winters in the backcountry around Haines and a lifetime skiing, Jeff's fascination with snow and avalanches has led him to work professionally as both a forecaster and educator. His focus these days are on mentorship, risk management, the human factor, snowpack assessment and public observations. He is an American Avalanche Association (A3) Pro member, Pro 2 certified, holds a WFR, is an AIARE instructor and teaches for the Alaska Avalanche School.

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.

Brady McGuire

Forecaster and Educator

For almost three decades, Brady has been in pursuit of the perfect snowflake. A childhood fascination with snow has led him to a life of outdoor adventure and education. After studying Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Colorado Mountain College, Brady moved to Alaska to begin a professional guiding career. He guides for Alaska Mountaineering School and Alaska Mountain Guides leading high altitude and ski expeditions in Alaska, Canada, Argentina and Nepal. He is an American Avalanche Association (A3) Pro member, Pro 1 certified, and a WEMT. His interest and focus is tailored towards connecting people with austere environments and creating an inclusive learning environment for all.

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