The avalanche hazard is moderate at mid and upper elevations.  Human triggered  avalanches are possible on  steep terrain, or in areas that have been loaded by winds. Good indicators for windslab are a rapid increase in depth of the new snow over a short distance, and a hollow, drum-like feel.  Shooting cracks will indicate unstable snow.  Use caution in the mountains today, avoid areas that are receiving active wind loading and avoid terrain traps.

The avalanche hazard is moderate at mid and upper elevations.  Human triggered  avalanches are possible on  steep terrain, or in areas that have been loaded by winds. Good indicators for windslab are a rapid increase in depth of the new snow over a short distance, and a hollow, drum-like feel.  Shooting cracks will indicate unstable snow.  Use caution in the mountains today, avoid areas that are receiving active wind loading and avoid terrain traps.

The avalanche hazard is moderate at mid and upper elevations.  Human triggered  avalanches are possible on  steep terrain, or in areas that have been loaded by winds. Good indicators for windslab are a rapid increase in depth of the new snow over a short distance, and a hollow, drum-like feel.  Shooting cracks will indicate unstable snow.  Use caution in the mountains today, avoid areas that are receiving active wind loading and avoid terrain traps.

The avalanche hazard is moderate at mid and upper elevations.  Human triggered  avalanches are possible on  steep terrain, or in areas that have been loaded by winds. Good indicators for windslab are a rapid increase in depth of the new snow over a short distance, and a hollow, drum-like feel.  Shooting cracks will indicate unstable snow.  Use caution in the mountains today, avoid areas that are receiving active wind loading and avoid terrain traps.

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Forecast as of 12/15/2019 at 07:00 and expires on 12/16/2019

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Forecast as of 12/15/2019 at 07:00 and expires on 12/16/2019

Current Advisory Level

Moderate

Above 2,500ftModerate

1,800 to 2,500ftModerate

Below 1,800ftLow

+ FULL FORECAST
Forecast as of 12/15/2019 at 07:00 and expires on 12/16/2019

Current Advisory Level

Moderate

Above 2,500ftModerate

1,800 to 2,500ftModerate

Below 1,800ftLow

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Date2019-12-15
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
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General Observations

North Oddessey and School bus up to 4500'.  Partly cloudy, no precip, no wind, mid 20 F.Found a variety of snow surfaces today, ranging from stripped surfaces to soft snow that was lightly wind touched.  Found wind slab of 1 finger to 4 finger density that was 2-4 inches deep.  The majority of surface conditions we found in the areas that we…

 
Date2019-12-13
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Little Odessey, up to 3700,' W through N aspects.  20 F, clear, no wind.  No avalanches, no shooting cracks, no collapsing.On the west ridge of Little Odessey, above 3000', wind had stripped the surface down to a crust.  Skied north aspect up to 35° and found 1 finger windslab from ridge down to 300' below the ridge.  Below this, the snow…

 
Date2019-12-11
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Loveland Basin to 4200'. Skied East through North aspects.  Overcast no precip,light to moderate wind from the North.No new natural avalanches observed, No collapsing, Yes cracking.From the trailhead found frozen rain crust up to 3000', above this there was 25cms of dry snow from the Dec 9-10 storm.  The majority of the terrain we moved through today…

 

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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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2016 Josh Hege & Bobby Lieberman
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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