The avalanche hazard remains Considerable at all elevations and forecast zones.  Human triggered avalanches 1-3 feet deep are likely on Southeast through West aspects, depending on the time of day.  Natural avalanches are possible, especially on Southerly aspects where wet loose stepping down to deep slabs has been occurring .  Above 2000' temperatures have remained  above freezing overnight, with The Nicks snotel at 4300' reading 41° F at 5 am. Heat is penetrating deeper into the snowpack, increasing the likelihood for persistent avalanches as well as wet slides.  Pay close attention to what aspect you are traveling on.  Good stability may be found on shaded aspects whereas aspects receiving direct sun could be reactive to human triggers  Avoid steep SE-W aspects during the heat of the day.     For more information click the (+full forecast) button below. Help to improve your community avalanche forecast!  Visit our observation page to leave a comment or you can email or text me at [email protected]/ 907-255-7690
The avalanche hazard remains Considerable at all elevations and forecast zones.  Human triggered avalanches 1-3 feet deep are likely on Southeast through West aspects, depending on the time of day.  Natural avalanches are possible, especially on Southerly aspects where wet loose stepping down to deep slabs has been occurring .  Above 2000' temperatures have remained  above freezing overnight, with The Nicks snotel at 4300' reading 41° F at 5 am. Heat is penetrating deeper into the snowpack, increasing the likelihood for persistent avalanches as well as wet slides.  Pay close attention to what aspect you are traveling on.  Good stability may be found on shaded aspects whereas aspects receiving direct sun could be reactive to human triggers  Avoid steep SE-W aspects during the heat of the day.     For more information click the (+full forecast) button below. Help to improve your community avalanche forecast!  Visit our observation page to leave a comment or you can email or text me at [email protected]/ 907-255-7690
The avalanche hazard remains Considerable at all elevations and forecast zones.  Human triggered avalanches 1-3 feet deep are likely on Southeast through West aspects, depending on the time of day.  Natural avalanches are possible, especially on Southerly aspects where wet loose stepping down to deep slabs has been occurring .  Above 2000' temperatures have remained  above freezing overnight, with The Nicks snotel at 4300' reading 41° F at 5 am. Heat is penetrating deeper into the snowpack, increasing the likelihood for persistent avalanches as well as wet slides.  Pay close attention to what aspect you are traveling on.  Good stability may be found on shaded aspects whereas aspects receiving direct sun could be reactive to human triggers  Avoid steep SE-W aspects during the heat of the day.     For more information click the (+full forecast) button below. Help to improve your community avalanche forecast!  Visit our observation page to leave a comment or you can email or text me at [email protected]/ 907-255-7690
The avalanche hazard remains Considerable at all elevations and forecast zones.  Human triggered avalanches 1-3 feet deep are likely on Southeast through West aspects, depending on the time of day.  Natural avalanches are possible, especially on Southerly aspects where wet loose stepping down to deep slabs has been occurring .  Above 2000' temperatures have remained  above freezing overnight, with The Nicks snotel at 4300' reading 41° F at 5 am. Heat is penetrating deeper into the snowpack, increasing the likelihood for persistent avalanches as well as wet slides.  Pay close attention to what aspect you are traveling on.  Good stability may be found on shaded aspects whereas aspects receiving direct sun could be reactive to human triggers  Avoid steep SE-W aspects during the heat of the day.     For more information click the (+full forecast) button below. Help to improve your community avalanche forecast!  Visit our observation page to leave a comment or you can email or text me at [email protected]/ 907-255-7690
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Date2021-04-15
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
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General Observations

4/15 Cracked Ice up to 6200'- W-N aspects, Overcast becoming partly cloudy. occasional snow. Collapsing: No Shooting cracks: No Avalanches:  Small wet loose activity on steep low elevation slopes. Found 15 cms of moist new snow atop a pencil hard wind board below 3000' .  At 5000' found 60 cms of moist/dry  storm snow that…

 
Date2021-04-07
LocationValdez
ObserverRick
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General Observations

Hardslab windslab avalanche triggered by first person down slope off on NW aspect just below the the north ridge of Little Matterhorn. HS-ARu-R2.5-D2

 
Date2021-04-01
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
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General Observations

4/1- Iguana Backs up to 4500'/ W-N aspects/ Partly Cloudy. Collapsing: No Shooting Cracks: No Avalanches: Yes.  Saw a natural hard slab avalanche on a west aspect halfway up an apron (4000')/~38° slope/ 100 meters wide ran 200' vertical to a flat bench. Crown ranged from 50-100 cms, and failed on 1-2mm near surface facets.…

 

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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.

[email protected]    907-255-7690

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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.

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Erica Shirk: Advisory Board Member

DB Palmer: Advisory Board Member

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