It was a great season for HAC thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, and the support of our sponsors, funders, and contributors. Click the link to read our 2021-2022 season report.
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That’s a wrap on the 2021-2022 season we would like to thanks our sponsors, members, contributors and supporters for keeping the @hainesavycenter strong and keeping our community safe! You can read the final spring forecast by clicking on Haines at AlaskaSnow.org and continue to submit observations. We would also appreciate feedback, input or to reach out if you like to help out. As always you can donate or become a member by visiting our webpage. Stay safe, have a great summer and see you next season.
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It's the time of year when glide cracks are opening up, and could give way at any moment. Best to stay away and out from under them. Luckily, everyone is ok after this slide in southecentral AK.UDATED:
A very large glide avalanche occurred today (around 5pm on April 24th) on Seattle Ridge - the Repeat Offender slide path. The debris overran the lower section of the common motorized uptrack. Several people were in the area and two people were caught in the moving debris. One person was mostly buried, only one arm and the top of their helmet exposed - they were dug out quickly by their group. The other person was not buried and able to dig out their sled. There were no other people involved that we know of and everyone is OK. More details to come tomorrow as we gather additional information.
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This photo from yesterday sums up what we’re up against in our alpine environment. On a northwest aspect at 4500’ a fairly recent natural cornice fall triggered a surface slab that stepped down on an un-supported slope. Cold protected north aspects often hold the best snow late in the season but also can preserve buried weak layers. Cornice failure are the perfect big trigger to get these deeper layers moving. Warm temperatures, strong solar radiation and precipitation will only continue to weaken cornices. Use timing and avoid traveling on or below slopes with significant overhead hazard, especially during the heat of the day.
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Shifts towards spring-like conditions in the mountains have been slow as temperatures remain cold and north winds continue to blow. On Monday visible wind transport was observed and cornices grew. Increased daytime warming, solar radiation and any new load are the main concerns as we near May after a long winter season. Time your travel around what aspects are heating up the quickest, or have been recently loaded. Continue to limit your exposure when on slope and beware of overhead objective hazards like rocks, cornices and snowfields.
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