The avalanche hazard is high at all elevations.  Thompson pass has received 18 inches of snow in the last 24 hours with 2.2" of SWE.  Continued heavy snowfall and moderate to strong south winds will continue to stress the snowpack.  Natural avalanches are likely today.  Avoid travel in and below avalanche terrain.

The avalanche hazard is high at all elevations.  Thompson pass has received 18 inches of snow in the last 24 hours with 2.2" of SWE.  Continued heavy snowfall and moderate to strong south winds will continue to stress the snowpack.  Natural avalanches are likely today.  Avoid travel in and below avalanche terrain.

The avalanche hazard is high at all elevations.  Thompson pass has received 18 inches of snow in the last 24 hours with 2.2" of SWE.  Continued heavy snowfall and moderate to strong south winds will continue to stress the snowpack.  Natural avalanches are likely today.  Avoid travel in and below avalanche terrain.

The avalanche hazard is high at all elevations.  Thompson pass has received 18 inches of snow in the last 24 hours with 2.2" of SWE.  Continued heavy snowfall and moderate to strong south winds will continue to stress the snowpack.  Natural avalanches are likely today.  Avoid travel in and below avalanche terrain.

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Forecast as of 02/19/2020 at 08:00 and expires on 02/20/2020

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Forecast as of 02/19/2020 at 08:00 and expires on 02/20/2020

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2,000 to 4,000ftHigh

Below 2,000ftHigh

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Forecast as of 02/19/2020 at 08:00 and expires on 02/20/2020

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Forecast Center Observation

Date2020-02-19
LocationValdez
ObserverJess E.
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General Observations

Natural avalanche observed on Solomon gulch trail at low elevation. 

 
Date2020-02-11
LocationValdez
ObserverAndrew Roche
AvalancheN

General Observations

An avalanche was observed adjacent to a snowmachine track near Solomon Lake. The avalanche was on a East facing aspect, ~900ft elevation, D:2/R:1, and appeared to be remotely snowmachine triggered.

 
Date2020-02-15
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

2/15: Crudbusters up to 4200' north aspect, -2° F at the road 8° F at 4100', partly cloudy, calm, light snow after 3 pm.Collapsing: No   Shooting cracks: No  Avalanches: NoFound 20cms of new snow from 2/12 sitting on a hard wind affected layer created 2/10.  Found good stability up to 4200'.At 3000' Pit results produced…

 

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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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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 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


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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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Erica Shirk: Advisory Board Member

DB Palmer: Advisory Board Member

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