There is no current hazard rating for the Valdez region. Almost a foot of new snow arrived this weekend (Jan 12-13) with little wind. There has been widespread Surface Hoar and Near Surface Faceting that the new snow is sitting on, which will be a problem layer in the future. The new snow has been running as Dry Loose Avalanches and entraining older snow (WATCH YOUR SLUFF). The new snow is also available for transport when the wind picks up. Click FULL FORECAST for Sunday's hazard information and please share your field observations HERE.

There are a lot of events coming up in January, check out our Facebook page for the complete list.

There is no current hazard rating for the Valdez region. Almost a foot of new snow arrived this weekend (Jan 12-13) with little wind. There has been widespread Surface Hoar and Near Surface Faceting that the new snow is sitting on, which will be a problem layer in the future. The new snow has been running as Dry Loose Avalanches and entraining older snow (WATCH YOUR SLUFF). The new snow is also available for transport when the wind picks up. Click FULL FORECAST for Sunday's hazard information and please share your field observations HERE.

There are a lot of events coming up in January, check out our Facebook page for the complete list.

There is no current hazard rating for the Valdez region. Almost a foot of new snow arrived this weekend (Jan 12-13) with little wind. There has been widespread Surface Hoar and Near Surface Faceting that the new snow is sitting on, which will be a problem layer in the future. The new snow has been running as Dry Loose Avalanches and entraining older snow (WATCH YOUR SLUFF). The new snow is also available for transport when the wind picks up. Click FULL FORECAST for Sunday's hazard information and please share your field observations HERE.

There are a lot of events coming up in January, check out our Facebook page for the complete list.

There is no current hazard rating for the Valdez region. Almost a foot of new snow arrived this weekend (Jan 12-13) with little wind. There has been widespread Surface Hoar and Near Surface Faceting that the new snow is sitting on, which will be a problem layer in the future. The new snow has been running as Dry Loose Avalanches and entraining older snow (WATCH YOUR SLUFF). The new snow is also available for transport when the wind picks up. Click FULL FORECAST for Sunday's hazard information and please share your field observations HERE.

There are a lot of events coming up in January, check out our Facebook page for the complete list.

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Forecast Center Observation

Date2019-01-13
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Skiing at 43 mile on a South aspect at 3500 feet found 3-4 inches of fresh snow.  The fresh snow was easily sluffing on slopes above 40 degrees and entraining the old snow and running a considerable distance.  The old snow that was being entrained consisted of near surface facets.  The fact that the snow was sluffing so…

 
Date2019-01-07
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

At 38 mile on South aspect found Surface Hoar developing from the highway 1600' up to 3500'. Above this it quickly disappeared.  Temp -30 F at highway, -5 at 4000 feet Clear and Calm.

 
Date2019-01-04
LocationValdez
ObserverKsobek
AvalancheN

General Observations

Couple small windslab naturals leeward of the most recent southerly storm. Also a bigger (d2+) slab avalanche on a south face at about 3500’, average 3’ crown on the south face just under little girls. Looks like it slid during the last storm down to an old rain crust. I think per usual the mid elevations are most sketch although conditions seem overall pretty…

 

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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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