The first snows of winter have hit our Valdez Chugach peaks. Get ready for your winter backcountry adventures with the tips in our 'Problem Details' section below. While you're waiting for the snow to get deep enought to ride, read our ISSW poster.
Above 2,500ft None
1,800 to 2,500ft None
Below 1,800ft None
Degrees of Avalanche Danger ?
Problem DetailsAre you ready for winter? A few tips to get you and your riding buddies ready to shred:
- Replace the batteries in your avalanche beacon. Check your avalanche probe for wear or breaks in the cable. Check your avalanche shovel, do you have both the shaft and blade in working order?
- Plan a fun avalanche rescue practice with your riding partners. Is everyone on the same page for a fast, efficient rescue?
- Is there a fresh, charged cartridge in your avalanche airbag pack? Go ahead and give it a test pull - does it deploy properly?
- Fitness - reduce the possibility of injury on your first ride/outing - start now by improving your flexibility, strength, and cardio.
- Check your skis and snowboards: missing binding screws? burrs on your edges? need wax?
- Check your snowmachine oil, plugs, belt, brakes, and headlight.
Recent Avalanche ActivityThe first snow of the season has begun. Get ready for your riding adventures now. See reports in our public observations.
Recent WeatherTemperatures have begun to drop enough for snow to start accumulating on Thompson Pass
Additional Info & Media
|SNOW HISTORY:||Valdez 4/29 AM||Thompson Pass 5/3 AM|
|24 Hour Snow / Water Equiv.||0”/ 0.37"||1″ / 0.05″|
|Storm Snow /Water Equiv. (4/21-5/2)||0” / 3.98″||44″ / 3.8″|
|Current Snow Depth||0″||75"|
|May Snow / Water Equiv.||0″ / ~″||11″ / 1.5″|
|Total Winter Snowfall / Water Equiv.||132.59″ / 31.18”||424″ / 41.2″|
|Snowload in Valdez||0 lbs/sq. ft.|
|SNOW DEPTH & WATER SURVEY (5/1/2018)||Depth||Snow Water Equivalent|
|Milepost 2.5 Valdez||″||″|
|Milepost 29 Worthington Flats||64.6″||25.8″|
|Milepost 37 Tsaina River bridge||40.2″||16″|
|This survey is done the first week of each month.|
- Northeast Prince William Sound NWS Weather Forecast
- Middleton Island Radar for Valdez area
- GOES Alaska water vapor satellite loop
- NOAA NWS Recreational spot forecast for Thompson Pass
- Thompson Pass MP 25.7 RWIS weather station 2740′ (Mesowest)
- Valdez Marine Ferry Terminal weather station sea level
- Nicks Happy Valley above MP 30 weather station 4200′ (scroll to Nicks Valley)
- Upper Tsaina River Snotel near MP 32 1750′
- Sugarloaf Snotel 551′
- Above Valdez Glacier Cryosphere program weather station 6600′ <map here>
- Valdez Blueberry Weather Plot observations (scroll to bottom: Valdez City)
- More Mountain Weather resources for Alaska
- GFS 16 Day Model for Valdez
- Model Average Meteogram for Valdez
- Maritime (Coastal) – from the Port of Valdez to Thompson Pass, all waters flowing into Valdez Arm and everything south of Marshall Pass.
- Inter-mountain (Transitional) – between Thompson Pass and Rendezvous Lodge.
- Continental (Interior) – the dry north side of the Chugach (north of 46 Mile, including the Tonsina River).