There is no current avalanche hazard rating. The most recent rating was MODERATE in the CONTINENTAL region, above treeline, due to storm slabs.

All new snow will need time to bond and settle. Small natural wet loose avalanches will be possible in steep, low elevation terrain, where we get rain on snow.

Each snowpack region has a unique forecast and hazard evaluation. Click FULL FORECAST for the most recent avalanche forecast.

Please share your field observations HERE

There is no current avalanche hazard rating. The most recent rating was MODERATE in the Maritime region above treeline due to storm slabs.

All new snow will need time to bond and settle. Small natural wet loose avalanches will be possible in steep, low elevation terrain, where we get rain on snow.

Each snowpack region has a unique forecast and hazard evaluation. Click FULL FORECAST for the most recent avalanche forecast.

Please share your field observations HERE

There is no current avalanche hazard rating. The most recent rating was MODERATE in the Intermountain region, above treeline, due to storm slabs.

All new snow will need time to bond and settle. Small natural wet loose avalanches will be possible in steep, low elevation terrain, where we get rain on snow.

Each snowpack region has a unique forecast and hazard evaluation. Click FULL FORECAST for the most recent avalanche forecast.

Please share your field observations HERE

There is no current avalanche hazard rating. The most recent rating was MODERATE in the CONTINENTAL region, above treeline, due to storm slabs.

All new snow will need time to bond and settle. Small natural wet loose avalanches will be possible in steep, low elevation terrain, where we get rain on snow.

Each snowpack region has a unique forecast and hazard evaluation. Click FULL FORECAST for the most recent avalanche forecast.

Please share your field observations HERE

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Forecast as of 03/11/2019 at 20:00 and expires on 03/15/2019

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Forecast as of 03/11/2019 at 18:00 and expires on 03/15/2019

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Above 2,500ftNone

1,800 to 2,500ftNone

Below 1,800ftNone

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Forecast as of 03/11/2019 at 19:00 and expires on 03/15/2019

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Below 1,800ftNone

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Forecast Center Observation

Date2019-03-09
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Toured up Billy Mitchell to 3000'.  Surface snow was moist to wet up to 2200',becoming drier above that. At 3000' wx was Overcast, lightly snowing, calm and 30 degrees F.  Later in the day Tiekel, Three Pigs and Billy Mitchell were flagging above 4000' from moderate to strong S-SW winds. There was 2 inches of fresh…

 
Date2019-03-01
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

I went up to 54 mile and dug a pit at a very similar location as a pit I had dug on Feb 2, to compare results.   4800' West aspect on a broad ridge, nearly flat.  Found Buried Surface Hoar 35 cm's down.  Probably deeper down once you got off of the ridge.  Showing…

 
Date2019-02-24
LocationValdez
ObserverGareth Brown
AvalancheN

General Observations

Went to Heiden Glacier and found a variety of stripped snow and 10-30 cm's of pencil hard wind slab on the approach.  No reaction, shooting cracks or collapsing on test slopes.  Skied a NE facing ramp and found that the snow had mostly been stripped down to old snow by wind.  The snow that was stripped…

 

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Valdez Avalanche Center

Valdez Avalanche Center

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@dev.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@dev.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@dev.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

Interns:

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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