The avalanche hazard is Considerable at all elevations. Strong north east winds are redistributing significant amounts of new snow onto lee aspect (SE-NW) in areas exposed to outflow winds.   Wind slab avalanches 2-4' deep are likely in terrain steeper than 30° that are receiving active wind loading.  Avalanches initiated in the upper snowpack have the potential to step down into deeper layers of the snowpack and create very significant avalanches. Numerous natural and human triggered avalanches have been observed the last 2 days.  Avalanches are the number 1 sign of snowpack instability.  Be conservative in the mountains today .

The avalanche hazard is Considerable at mid and upper elevations. Strong north east winds are redistributing significant amounts of new snow onto lee aspect (SE-NW) in areas exposed to outflow winds.   Wind slab avalanches 1-3' deep are likely in terrain steeper than 30° that are receiving active wind loading.  Avalanches initiated in the upper snowpack have the potential to step down into deeper layers of the snowpack and create very significant avalanches. Numerous natural and human triggered avalanches have been observed the last 2 days.  Avalanches are the number 1 sign of snowpack instability.  Be conservative in the mountains today .

The avalanche hazard is Considerable at all elevations. Strong north east winds are redistributing significant amounts of new snow onto lee aspect (SE-NW) in areas exposed to outflow winds.   Wind slab avalanches 2-4' deep are likely in terrain steeper than 30° that are receiving active wind loading.  Avalanches initiated in the upper snowpack have the potential to step down into deeper layers of the snowpack and create very significant avalanches. Numerous natural and human triggered avalanches have been observed the last 2 days.  Avalanches are the number 1 sign of snowpack instability.  Be conservative in the mountains today .

The avalanche hazard is Considerable at all elevations. Strong north east winds are redistributing significant amounts of new snow onto lee aspect (SE-NW) in areas exposed to outflow winds.   Wind slab avalanches 2-4' deep are likely in terrain steeper than 30° that are receiving active wind loading.  Avalanches initiated in the upper snowpack have the potential to step down into deeper layers of the snowpack and create very significant avalanches. Numerous natural and human triggered avalanches have been observed the last 2 days.  Avalanches are the number 1 sign of snowpack instability.  Be conservative in the mountains today .

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Forecast as of 02/24/2020 at 08:00 and expires on 02/25/2020

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Considerable

Above 4,000ftConsiderable

2,000 to 4,000ftConsiderable

Below 2,000ftModerate

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Forecast as of 02/24/2020 at 08:00 and expires on 02/25/2020

Current Advisory Level

Considerable

Above 4,000ftConsiderable

2,000 to 4,000ftConsiderable

Below 2,000ftConsiderable

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Forecast as of 02/24/2020 at 08:00 and expires on 02/25/2020

Current Advisory Level

Considerable

Above 4,000ftConsiderable

2,000 to 4,000ftConsiderable

Below 2,000ftConsiderable

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Date2020-02-24
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
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General Observations

2/24: Gully 1 up to 4500', NW-NE aspect, 5° F at the road, light to moderate north east winds with moderate to strong snow transport on high peaks and ridges.  Clear, no precip.Collapsing: No.  Shooting Cracks: Yes, up to 10' long on lee sides of terrain features.  Avalanches: Yes, Natural observed on the North face of…

 
Date2020-02-23
LocationValdez
ObserverS. Smalls and AAIC/VDZ Snowmachine Club
AvalancheN

General Observations

Snowmachine adventure near the headwaters of Quartz Creek, 54 mile as part of an avalanche safety class with AAIC and Valdez Snow Machine Club. Big group of us (14 riders) observed a slide we believe we remotely triggered. D2 avalanche on a southwest facing aspect, ~300 ft across and ran ~600-800 ft vertically. The slide occurred around 5,000…

 
Date2020-02-22
LocationValdez
ObserverTaylorB
AvalancheN

General Observations

Little Girls ski tour: No collapsing or shooting cracks appreciated. We jumped on and ski cut a dozen small test slopes and wind loaded features with no reactions. Variable light winds out of the North and East, with wind transport visible down by the gap up to 27 Mile PK. D2 soft slab avalanche noted on the lateral and terminal moraine…

 

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Support the education and sharing of avalanche information for mountains surrounding the Port of Valdez to Milepost 65 on the Richardson Highway. Our membership keeps the mission going. Join as a Valdez Avalanche Center member today, or donate directly.

The Valdez Avalanche Center has been providing safety information in the Chugach Mountains surrounding Valdez since 2006. It began as a radio interview discussing snow and avalanche conditions. Locals asked for information they could make plans with. Forecasts are currently issued Friday through Sunday with special alerts for significant weather or avalanche events. Information contained in the forecasts is intended to be used as a tool in conjunction with your personal backcountry hazard evaluation.

Public observations are encouraged and aid the accuracy of the avalanche forecasts in our data-sparse region.

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2018/2019 Staff & Volunteers

 

Peter Biskind: Forecaster/Instructor

pbiskind@alaskasnow.org

Peter guides and forecasts on snow year round in Antartica, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and here at home in Alaska. Peter has been teaching avalanche education since 2011 and is a certified AMGA ski guide - guiding in the Chugach since 2015.

Ryan VanLuit: Forecaster

RVanLuit@alaskasnow.org

Ryan joins the Valdez Avalanche Center forecasting team this year from Montana.

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Sarah Carter: Forecaster/Instructor/Valdez Avalanche Center Director5

scarter@alaskasnow.org

Sarah loves SNOW! She forecasts for VAC. She also teaches avalanche classes with the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, Prince William Sound College, Backcountry Babes, and UAA.

Kyle Sobek: Instructor/Forecaster

Kyle rides every moment he gets. Kyle is now a Kenny Lake resident and calls Alaska home. He seeks out every opportunity to learn about snow and mountain riding. Kyle instructs avalanche courses and forecasts part-time for Valdez Avalanche Center.

Sean Wisner: Rescue Coordinator

Ben Stolen: Observer

Gareth Brown: Observer

Josh McDonald: Observer


Dr. John Cullen, M.D.: Advisory Board Member and Medical Advisor

Will Stark: Advisory Board Member

Will grew up in Little Tutka Bay, across Kachemak Bay from Homer and attended college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  After obtaining his bachelors degree he entered the management training program with First National Bank Alaska.  In 1997, the bank offered him a job opportunity in Valdez; over the last 20 years, the bank and Valdez have treated him well and he is proud to be associated with both.  Valdez has provided his wife, Erin, and Will an exceptional place to raise their two children, Liam and Noah.  In Valdez they have made great friends and find the town has the perfect mix of ocean and mountains with unparalleled access to both.  Will says he is honored and humbled to provide what help he can to the Valdez Avalanche Center.

Rich Loftin: Advisory Board Member

Erica Shirk: Advisory Board Member

DB Palmer: Advisory Board Member

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2015-2016 Kyle Sobek
2014 Kevin Salys
2014 Monica Morin
2013 Dusty Reed
2012 Katreen Wikstroem
2011 Sam Benoit
2010-2012 Ethan Davis
2009 Jordan Pond
2009 Brad Deringer
2008 Elise Leahy


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