The avalanche hazard is Moderate above 2000 feet in the Continental zone.   Above freezing temperatures at high elevation have been occurring for 24 hours.  There is the small chance that wind slabs or persistent slabs could reactivate at upper elevations and create dangerous hard slab avalanches 2-3 feet deep.  Low avalanche hazard exists below 2000 feet where old wind slabs are locked up and triggering them is unlikely.   Posted by Gareth Brown 12/4  8:00am.   For a description of avalanche problems, weather information, season history and more click the (+ full forecast) button.  Avalanche forecasts will be issued Wednesday-Sunday.
The avalanche hazard is Moderate above 3000 feet in the Maritime zone.   Above freezing temperatures at high elevation have been occurring for 24 hours.  There is the small chance that wind slabs or persistent slabs could reactivate at upper elevations and create dangerous hard slab avalanches 2-3 feet deep.  Low avalanche hazard exists below 3000 feet where old wind slabs are locked up and triggering them is unlikely.   Posted by Gareth Brown 12/4  8:00am.   For a description of avalanche problems, weather information, season history and more click the (+ full forecast) button.  Avalanche forecasts will be issued Wednesday-Sunday.
The avalanche hazard is Moderate above 4000 feet in the Intermountain zone.   Above freezing temperatures at high elevation have been occurring for 24 hours.  There is the small chance that wind slabs or persistent slabs could reactivate at upper elevations and create dangerous hard slab avalanches 2-3 feet deep.  Low avalanche hazard exists below 4000 feet where old wind slabs are locked up and triggering them is unlikely.   Posted by Gareth Brown 12/4  8:00am.   For a description of avalanche problems, weather information, season history and more click the (+ full forecast) button.  Avalanche forecasts will be issued Wednesday-Sunday.
The avalanche hazard is Moderate above 2000 feet in the Continental zone.   Above freezing temperatures at high elevation have been occurring for 24 hours.  There is the small chance that wind slabs or persistent slabs could reactivate at upper elevations and create dangerous hard slab avalanches 2-3 feet deep.  Low avalanche hazard exists below 2000 feet where old wind slabs are locked up and triggering them is unlikely.   Posted by Gareth Brown 12/4  8:00am.   For a description of avalanche problems, weather information, season history and more click the (+ full forecast) button.  Avalanche forecasts will be issued Wednesday-Sunday.
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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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Gareth Brown: Lead Forecaster

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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.

Sarah Carter: Instructor/Valdez Avalanche Center Director

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Sarah loves a good travel novel, sweet powder turns, and standing on top of mountains! She looks forward to Sunday fun days with her two ripping sons, Chance & Cirque. She also teaches avalanche classes with the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, Prince William Sound College, 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.

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Kyle Klause: Advisory Board Member

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2013 Dusty Reed
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