Confidence is growing in a strong warming event that could hit Alaska towards the end of January. (combined with extreme cold weather in the Central-Eastern US) All caused by the break up of the polar vortex which has been pretty well-behaved this winter, until now. Changes are coming. Best get in your winter activities now.
Of note: Haines is currently predicted to be right under the axis of high pressure, which could mean we stay cradled in between the zones of warmth to our west and cold to our east. That would be best case scenario for our snowpack. Either way, things are going to get interesting for North American weather over the next several weeks. ... See MoreSee Less
We're super honored! Huge thanks to Spark R&D for their support of our avalanche program, and to Leslie Cromwell for writing a wonderful essay about her love for our ski community and the avy center that supports it.
We had many amazing entries the I Heart My Avy Center Essay Contest. It was difficult to choose a winner, but we ended up selecting Leslie Cromwell's Time to Give Back as our favorite.
Storm update: Recorded snow totals so far this week: Haines Customs: 60" Flower Mountain: 52" Mt. Ripinsky: 43" Chilkat Pass: 26"
An additional 2-4" of snow is likely through Friday, with snow levels remaining at sea level. Clouds and some light snow should linger through Saturday before clearing and cooler weather with increasing north winds begins Sunday, lasting for several days.
Avalanche Danger is HIGH in all zones due to storm snow concerns and persistent slab dangers. More details:
Chilkat PassLutakTransitionalForecast as of 2018-12-20 at 09:00 am and expires on 2018-12-20Current Advisory LevelHighAbove 2,500ftHigh1,500 to 2,500ftHighBelow 1,500ftNone+ FULL FORECASTForecast as of 2018-12-20 at 09:00 am and expires on 2018-12-20Current Advisory LevelHighAbove 2,500ftHigh1,500 t...