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Date2020-04-06
LocationCordova
ObserverGrant Wilson
AvalancheN

General Observations

South couloir packed with 1-2feet of fresh storm snow. Skied the upper couloir (from summit ridge) which joins the main couloir. Snowpit observations confirmed windloading of the recent storm snow (ranging 4-12in depth). The storm slab sat on 3ft of well bonded ice/granular snow. Performed a ski cut before my run, which popped a 40ft crown. Because there were…

 
Date2019-05-21
LocationCordova
Observertest
AvalancheN

General Observations

not really vetted

 
Date2019-04-07
LocationCordova
ObserverCraig Allen Mann III
AvalancheN

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The Cordova Avalanche Center was founded in 2009 following the death of Cordova's beloved local avalanche forecaster and city council member, Michael O'Leary, in a massive avalanche. This center is run by Cordova resident and snow forecast expert 'Hoots' (Steve Witsoe.) Hoots supplies a weekly observation/forecast for this region as conditions warrant. Hoots is also the Forecast Director for the Alaska Avalanche Information Center network and works directly with the National Avalanche Forecasters Association.

In 2010 a group of friends and family launched the Michael O'Leary scholarship fund which now helps support the professional development of avalanche educators and forecasters across Alaska.

Because a relatively small fraction of terrain often frequented by backcountry travelers has a professional daily avalanche forecast available, the Alaska Avalanche Information Center encourages users to share what they see. Please view forecast and post your observations <HERE>

Boat Harbor, Cordova, Alaska.

Boat Harbor, Cordova, Alaska.

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Cordova Director, AAIC Forecast Director

"Hoots" Steve Witsoe

Director

Born in Seattle in 1971, Witsoe graduated from Univ. of Washington in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Commonly known as ‘Hoots’, he moved to Cordova in 1996 and joined Mt. Eyak ski patrol. As an avid backcountry snowboarder Hoots began helping with avalanche forecasting and education. He completed his AAA PAWS (AvPro) in 2005 and CAA level 2 in 2008. Hoots assumed responsibility for Cordova’s avalanche program in 2008. He is now an Avalanche Level 3 and a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and the National Avalanche Center.

Assistant

Kirsti Jurica

Assistant

Kirsti is the right hand for Hoots while in the field or in the classroom.

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