Chilkat PassTransitionalLutak
Forecast as of 2019-03-11 at 08:00 am and expires on 2019-03-11

Current Advisory Level

Considerable

Above 2,500ftConsiderable

1,500 to 2,500ftConsiderable

Below 1,500ftModerate

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Forecast as of 2019-03-11 at 08:00 am and expires on 2019-03-11

Current Advisory Level

Considerable

Above 2,500ftConsiderable

1,500 to 2,500ftConsiderable

Below 1,500ftModerate

+ FULL FORECAST
Forecast as of 2019-03-11 at 08:00 am and expires on 2019-03-11

Current Advisory Level

Considerable

Above 2,500ftConsiderable

1,500 to 2,500ftConsiderable

Below 1,500ftModerate

+ FULL FORECAST
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Forecast Center Observation

Date2019-03-10
LocationHaines
ObserverJonny Bomber
AvalancheN

General Observations

Lutak Zone: Lots of new snow in the mountains! At 1000' there is 25cm of new, and at 2000' there is 35cm. Below 1000' there was 5-15cm of new, although with the warming temperatures throughout the day the snow is  melting off. We saw strong S winds and intense blowing snow in unsheltered terrain that…

 
Date2019-03-09
LocationHaines
ObserverErik Stevens
AvalancheN

General Observations

Lutak zone, north-facing trees today: great snow, great skiing between 2000-3000ft. Snow began accumulating in the afternoon about when we descended for the day. Winds light-moderate and increasing out of the SE. Snowpack was about 30cm of fist-hard facets at the surface, with well bonded but faceted layers and wind slabs/crusts beneath. Expecting the thick surface facet layer…

 
Date2019-03-07
LocationHaines
ObserverJonny Bomber
AvalancheN

General Observations

Lutak Zone: Really great snow conditions on shaded NE-W facing terrain where 10-15cm of F hard near surface facets make for fast and easy turns. Below the surface the snowpack is still mostly a mixture of crusts and facets although without a slab on top, we felt comfortable pushing into some steeper terrain. There is a…

 

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Haines Avalanche Center

Sharing information to provide a safer backcountry experience for locals and visitors to Haines.

We provide regular backcountry avalanche forecasts for three zones:

Lutak Zone: Includes mount Ripinsky, point 3920, 7-mile saddle, Chilly ridge, Tukgahgo mountain, bowls and peaks surrounding Lutak inlet and lower Chilkoot lake, city of Haines, and mount Riley
Transitional Zone: Includes Takhin ridge, Old Faithful, Flower mountain, Surgeon mountain, Four Winds mountain
Chilkat Pass Zone: Includes 5-mile creek, 3-Guardsmen, Mineral mountain, Copper butte, Inspector peak, Nadahini mountain/glacier, and Kusawak peak

 

Staff & Volunteers


Erik Stevens

Forecaster and Director

Erik mentored hundreds of backcountry riders during four years as the president of Backcountry Club at the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he also taught Avalanche Level 1. College for Erik was a balance between charting new ski descents on obscure peaks, and hard work to complete his master’s degree in Remote Sensing, Earth, and Space Sciences, with certificates in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Oceanography. He holds his Level 3 Certification from the American Avalanche Institute, and his AIARE Avalanche Level II certification. He's a Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association and he continually supplements his training through ongoing professional development and mentorship. He has been a ski guide for Alaska Mountain Guides, an educator teaching Avalanche safety courses for DPS and the Haines school, and a forecaster with 8 seasons of experience in Haines. Erik spent two years working on operational forecasting research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and one year at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, researching climate model sensitivity to global ocean processes. He moved to Haines, Alaska in 2010, where he founded the Haines Avalanche Information Center. He is obsessed with snow, passionate about backcountry riding, and can be found on his splitboard throughout Alaska’s winter wilderness.

Jeff Moskowitz

Education Director, Field Technician

Jeff grew up downhill skiing with his family at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada in 1994. He has since then skied throughout the Canadian Rockies, Utah, Washington, Colorado, and Alaska. While pursuing a geography degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder he joined the Backcountry Club staff, a student organization for backcountry riders in 2006. He took a Level II course with AIARE in 2009 and shortly thereafter began teaching Avalanche Level 1 for the Outdoor Program at the University of Colorado. Jeff moved to what he now considers home Haines, Alaska in 2010. Here he continues his passion for backcountry skiing and avalanche safety with the HAC and contributes heavily to forecasts and local observations since the center's founding. With annual grants from the DPS and Alaska State Trooper, he has been a public educator on snow travel and backcountry preparedness, in both the communities of Haines and Skagway since 2013. Jeff served on the executive board of directors for the AAIC from 2015-2017 and has attended recent professional development such as: SAAW in Anchorage November 2015 & 2017, the ISSW in Breckenridge October 2016, AIARE ITC in Valdez December 2016. He is an A3 Pro member and Pro 1 certified since a bridge exam in Hatcher's Pass December 2018 .

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