The avalanche hazard is Moderate at mid and upper elevations.  Human triggered avalanches are still possible on recently wind loaded slopes.  Wind slab often has a hollow drum like feel.  Collapsing, shooting cracks and active wind loading are all signs that a slope still has the energy to produce an avalanche.  Avoid large slopes above 35°, unsupported terrain and areas that are experiencing active wind loading.

The avalanche hazard is Moderate at mid and upper elevations.  Human triggered avalanches are still possible on recently wind loaded slopes.  Wind slab often has a hollow drum like feel.  Collapsing, shooting cracks and active wind loading are all signs that a slope still has the energy to produce an avalanche.  Avoid large slopes above 35°, unsupported terrain and areas that are experiencing active wind loading.

The avalanche hazard is Moderate at mid and upper elevations.  Human triggered avalanches are still possible on recently wind loaded slopes.  Wind slab often has a hollow drum like feel.  Collapsing, shooting cracks and active wind loading are all signs that a slope still has the energy to produce an avalanche.  Avoid large slopes above 35°, unsupported terrain and areas that are experiencing active wind loading.

The avalanche hazard is Moderate at mid and upper elevations.  Human triggered avalanches are still possible on recently wind loaded slopes.  Wind slab often has a hollow drum like feel.  Collapsing, shooting cracks and active wind loading are all signs that a slope still has the energy to produce an avalanche.  Avoid large slopes above 35°, unsupported terrain and areas that are experiencing active wind loading.

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Forecast as of 01/17/2020 at 08:00 and expires on 01/18/2020

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Above 4,000ftModerate

2,000 to 4,000ftModerate

Below 2,000ftLow

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Forecast as of 01/17/2020 at 08:00 and expires on 01/18/2020

Current Advisory Level

Moderate

Above 4,000ftModerate

2,000 to 4,000ftModerate

Below 2,000ftLow

+ FULL FORECAST
Forecast as of 01/17/2020 at 08:00 and expires on 01/18/2020

Current Advisory Level

Moderate

Above 4,000ftModerate

2,000 to 4,000ftModerate

Below 2,000ftLow

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Date2020-01-16
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
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General Observations

1/16: Dimond up to 3100', 5° F at the road, -10° F at 3100'.  Clear, no precip, moderate- strong east wind above 2500', light- moderate snow transport.  Localized collapsing, Small shooting cracks around skis, not radiating, no new avalanches.Above 2000' found a variety of wind affected snow that ranged from snow stripped down to rain crust, 1…

 
Date2020-01-11
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

1/11: Allison Creek up to 2000', NW aspect, 5° F at the road to 0° F at 2000', light wind, no snow transport.   Large collapses experienced that propagated up to 100 meters, Shooting cracks that radiated up to 30' long through pencil hard wind slabs, No new avalanches.  Observed an old avalanche with unknown trigger, R2-D2- ~150M wide.Snow surface consisted of a…

 
Date2020-01-07
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

1/7- Crudbuster up to 4900'. 0° F at road, Partly cloudy, calm, no precip.  No collapsing, No shooting cracks and No avalanches.  In a pit at 4000', north aspect, 20° slope, found significantly better structure in the snowpack than at 3000'.  Rain crust from 12/9 was not present.  Height of snowpack was 200cms.   Although the snow 4000'…

 

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Valdez Avalanche Center

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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2019/2020 Staff & Volunteers

 

Forecaster:  Gareth Brown

 Gareth grew up backcountry skiing in Colorado.  He moved to Valdez, AK in 2010 and currently resides in Serendipity, AK, on the north side of Thompson Pass.  Gareth has spent the last 10 seasons exploring the Chugach by splitboard.  He completed his Pro 2 avalanche certification last year in Girdwood with AAI.

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Sarah Carter: Forecaster/Instructor/Valdez Avalanche Center Director5

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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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