Turnagain Pass Forecast Archives

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Avalanche risk April 27th, 2019
Spring Conditions
Spring Conditions
The CNFAIC is no longer issuing avalanche advisories for Turnagain Pass and surrounding regions. Although the forecast season has finished, the avalanche season has not  – please see below for some  SPRINGTIME AVALANCHE TIPS!!   Current conditions? Keep tabs on our  Observation Page!  We will be posting all observations/reports sent in to us. “Like”  the [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 25th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 2500′ due to active wind loading and new snow. Human triggered wind slabs 1-2′ may be tender on leeward slopes 35 degrees and steeper. Triggering a slab 2-3′ in older snow on Northerly aspects above 2500′ is possible and could propagate across an entire slope. If the sun makes [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 23rd, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
The avalanche danger is MODERATE  above 1000′.  Human triggered slab avalanches 1-3′ are possible on slopes 35 degrees and steeper. Watch for warming and wet loose activity on solar aspects if the sun makes an appearance. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully, ease into steep terrain and look for signs of instability. As always, give cornices [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 21st, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE  above 1000′  due to strong winds and a mix of rain and snow impacting the area today. Natural avalanches are possible. Human triggered slab avalanches 1-3′ will be likely above 2000′. Below 2000′ where rain is falling, triggering  wet loose avalanches will be likely.  Extra caution is advised. As always, [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 20th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  for avalanches composed of the 6 – 12+” of new snow. On Northerly slopes above 2,500′ dry slab avalanches 6-18+” thick will be possible to trigger. On Southerly facing slopes and all aspects below 2,500′ wet loose avalanches are possible with daytime warming and solar radiation. Give cornices a wide [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 18th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  on slopes above 2,500′. Triggering a slab 1-2′ deep is possible on steep Northerly slopes in the Alpine. Pay attention to changing conditions and as always, give cornices a wide berth and limit travel under glide cracks.   PORTAGE VALLEY:  Cornice fall and/or avalanches from above have the potential to [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 16th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes above 2,500′. Triggering a slab 1-2′ deep is possible on steep Northern aspects in the alpine. Triggering a wet-loose avalanche is possible with daily warming on steep Southern aspects. Pay attention to surfaces conditions and if you notice the snow becoming wet and unsupportable – transition to firmer [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 14th, 2019
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes above 2,500′. Wet loose sluffs could be easy to initiate on steep sunny slopes by this afternoon/evening. Sluffs could become larger than expected if surface warming melts the top 4-6″ of the snowpack. On high elevation north aspects (above 3,000′), triggering a dry slab avalanche may be possible [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 13th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
The avalanche danger will be CONSIDERABLE at the upper elevations today.  On northerly aspects, dry snow and winter conditions exist. Triggering a slab avalanche 1-3′ thick is possible and very cautious travel and snowpack evaluation is recommended.  On southerly aspects, sunny skies and daytime warming are expected to create natural wet loose avalanches in Thursday’s [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 12th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today above 2500′ where strong winds and new snow have created touchy slabs 1-3′ thick. In the Treeline zone (1000′-2500′) the avalanche danger is MODERATE where the snowpack transitions from wet snow to dry snow. Within this zone triggering a wet loose avalanche or storm slab is possible. Any sign [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 11th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today above 2500′. Triggering a wind slab up to 12 € thick will be possible on steep leeward features due to strong wind and new snow. Below 2500′ the avalanche danger is MODERATE where triggering a wet loose avalanche is possible. Avoid traveling below glide cracks and cornices. Should the [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 10th, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
The avalanche danger is generally LOW  throughout the region. Keep in mind, glide avalanches are still a concern and can release at anytime. Continue to watch for and avoid/limit travel under glide cracks. Additionally, give cornices a wide berth while traveling along ridgelines. Triggering a wet loose sluff may be possible on steep sunny slopes [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 9th, 2019
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger remains MODERATE  at all elevations. In the mid-elevations, glide avalanches continue to release sporadically and are creating a dangerous and unpredictable hazard. Limit any travel under glide cracks. Additionally, wet loose sluffs are possible on saturated steep slopes below 2,000′. In the Alpine, watch for areas with new wind-drifted snow where small [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 8th, 2019
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
The avalanche danger remains  MODERATE  today at all elevations.  Glide cracks have been releasing into avalanches in many popular recreating areas and pose a hazard to anyone traveling under glide cracks.  Additionally, due to recent rain/snow triggering a wet loose avalanche on solar aspects or a shallow wind slab on shaded, steep, leeward features in [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 7th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  today at all elevations. Triggering a shallow wind slab will be possible on steep leeward features in the Alpine due to new snow and wind.  Be prepared for small natural wet loose activity on solar aspects in the Alpine if the sun makes an appearance today.  Below 3000′ glide cracks [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 6th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger is MODERATE today at all elevations. Triggering a wind slab up to 10″ thick will be possible on steep leeward features due to new snow and strong wind. Below 3000′ glide cracks may avalanche without warning in popular terrain. Plan your route to avoid traveling under existing cracks. Additionally triggering a wet [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 5th, 2019
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger remains MODERATE for glide avalanches. Glide cracks have been releasing into avalanches in many popular recreating areas and pose a hazard to anyone traveling under glide cracks. Additionally, human triggered wet loose avalanches are possible if southerly slopes warm enough to soften surface crusts. As always, give cornices a wide berth – [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 4th, 2019
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger is MODERATE due to the potential for a glide crack to avalanche naturally without warning. Most glide cracks are located in the treeline zone on East   – South   – West aspects below 3000′. Identify terrain with glide cracks and plan your route to avoid travel directly below these unpredictable hazards. [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 3rd, 2019
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger is MODERATE due to the possibility of glide avalanches releasing naturally. Identify terrain with glide cracks and plan your route to avoid travel directly below these unpredictable hazards. Triggering a wet loose avalanche is possible in the afternoon and evening on steep Southern aspects. Monitor surface conditions and transition to firmer slopes [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 2nd, 2019
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
Warm temperatures and direct sunlight will increase the avalanche danger from  LOW  this morning  to MODERATE by this afternoon/evening. Human triggered wet loose avalanches on steep, solar aspects, especially above 3000′, are possible once the sun softens surface crusts and weakens the snowpack. Avoid being under glide cracks and give cornices an extra wide berth! [Read More]
Avalanche risk April 1st, 2019
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
Another day of VERY WARM temperatures will increase the avalanche danger from  LOW  this morning  to  CONSIDERABLE  by this afternoon/evening. Dangerous wet loose, wet slab and glide avalanches may release naturally once the sun softens surface crusts and weakens the snowpack. All steep slopes above 1,000′ facing East, South and West that see direct sunshine [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 31st, 2019
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
VERY WARM temperatures will increase the avalanche danger from LOW this morning  to CONSIDERABLE  by this afternoon/evening. Large and dangerous wet loose, wet slab and glide avalanches may release naturally once the sun softens surface crusts and weakens the snowpack. All slopes above 1,000′ facing East, South and West that see direct sunshine should be [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 30th, 2019
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
Deep Persistent Slabs
Deep Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is LOW below 3,000′ this morning and will rise to CONSIDERABLE this afternoon/evening with the heat of the day. Once surface crusts soften and become unsupportable, human triggered wet loose avalanches will be likely on steep sunny slopes. These could be large and dangerous in big terrain and could initiate a wet [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 29th, 2019
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
Deep Persistent Slabs
Deep Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is generally LOW in the morning below 3000′, but is expected to rise to CONSIDERABLE by late afternoon on steep Southern aspects where initiating a wet loose avalanche is likely. Above 3000′ the avalanche danger is MODERATE where triggering a deeper more dangerous slab avalanche is possible. Later in the day with [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 28th, 2019
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
Deep Persistent Slabs
Deep Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE across the Advisory area this morning but will rise to CONSIDERABLE  above 2000′ on South (SE-SW) aspects due to the possibility of wet loose avalanches and glide avalanches in the afternoon. With warm temperatures and direct sunshine on steep, solar aspects triggering a large, dangerous deep slab avalanche in the [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 27th, 2019
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
Deep Persistent Slabs
Deep Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  across the Advisory area this morning but will rise to CONSIDERABLE in the Alpine later in the day and natural deep slab and wet loose avalanches will become possible. With warm temperatures and direct sunshine on steep, solar aspects triggering a large, dangerous slab avalanche in the Alpine is also [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 26th, 2019
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
Deep Persistent Slabs
Deep Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE  across the Advisory area today. Warm temperatures and direct sunshine will make triggering a wet loose avalanche possible on steep, solar aspects. Triggering a large, dangerous slab avalanche in the Alpine is also still possible.  Choose terrain carefully. Give cornices and glide cracks a wide berth. Pay attention to changing [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 25th, 2019
Wet Slab
Wet Slab
Deep Persistent Slabs
Deep Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE this morning but will increase to HIGH  by this afternoon with direct sunlight and very warm air temperatures making natural large wet slab avalanches likely. This is the first day of sunshine after many inches of rain and feet of snow at upper elevations. The snowpack needs time to adjust, [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 24th, 2019
Wet Slab
Wet Slab
A  HIGH  avalanche danger remains over the region. Warm and wet weather continues to melt down the snowpack and cause large wet slab and wet loose avalanches to release naturally. These avalanches are occurring on slopes near and below 3,000′. They are gouging to the ground, running to valley bottoms at times and very destructive. [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 23rd, 2019
Wet Slab
Wet Slab
The avalanche danger remains HIGH  due to wet and stormy weather causing large wet slab avalanches to release naturally. These avalanches are occurring on slopes near and below 3,000′ and have been taking much of the season’s snowpack with them, which is sending dirty debris to valley bottoms. Above 3,000′ storm snow avalanches and cornice [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 22nd, 2019
Wet Slab
Wet Slab
The avalanche danger will remain HIGH today due to heavy rain, above freezing temperatures and strong wind in Turnagain Pass, Girdwood, and Portage. Natural wet slab avalanches are likely below 3000′. In the alpine natural storm slabs 2-3+ feet deep are also likely today and have the potential to step down into a very deep [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 21st, 2019
Wet Slab
Wet Slab
The avalanche danger will remain HIGH today for Turnagain Pass, Girdwood and Portage due to above freezing temperatures and the likelihood of natural wet slab avalanches below 3000′. In the alpine natural and human triggered storm slab 2-3′ deep are likely today and have the potential to step down into a very deep and dangerous [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 20th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger will rise to HIGH today and large to very large natural avalanches will become likely. Very warm temperatures, heavy precipitation with a rising rain/snow line and strong winds will impact the region. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Avalanches have the potential to be very deep and dangerous.   PORTAGE VALLEY: [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 19th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger is  CONSIDERABLE  today.   Very large avalanches occurred naturally Sunday and Monday  sending debris far into runout zones and through flat areas.  Slopes  are loaded with 8 to 15 feet of snow.  Today is a break between storms. However, natural avalanches are still possible and human triggered avalanches are likely  today.   [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 18th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger remains  HIGH in the backcountry. Very large avalanches occurred naturally yesterday and are expected to keep releasing today. Ten days of stormy weather has been loading slopes with 8 to 15 feet of snow, which is peeling off the mountains. These slides are big and have been sending debris far into runout [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 17th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Another storm hitting the region today will keep the avalanche danger  HIGH. Large and dangerous avalanches continue to release naturally as rain, snow and wind impact the area. Avalanches releasing in the high elevations have been sending debris to valley floors, which is expected again today.  Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.  Avoid slopes [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 16th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger is  HIGH  for a fourth consecutive day given the continuation of a series of warm, wet and windy storms depositing heavy snow and rain in rapid succession in the Turnagain Pass area.    Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended again today.    Avoid slopes 30 degrees or steeper, including runout zones. [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 15th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
HIGH avalanche danger remains in the mountains surrounding Turnagain Pass, Girdwood Valley, and Portage Valley. Dangerous avalanche conditions are expected on all slopes 30 degrees and steeper – including runout zones. Avalanches are expected to release naturally, be easily triggered by people and send debris to valley floors. Travel in avalanche terrain is NOT recommended. [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 14th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING has been issued through the National Weather Service for the Turnagain Pass area and surrounding mountains. Heavy snowfall and strong winds have created a HIGH avalanche danger in the mountains surrounding Turnagain Pass, Girdwood Valley, Portage Valley, and areas on the Kenai including Summit Lake and the Seward zone. Dangerous avalanche [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 13th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger will rise to HIGH danger above 2000 ft by this evening for Turnagain Pass, Girdwood, and Portage Valley. Human triggered avalanches 1-3 ft deep are likely this afternoon and large natural avalanches will become more likely as snow totals increase. Below 2000 ft expect storm slabs to increase to 1+ feet thick [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 12th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
The avalanche danger remains  CONSIDERABLE  in the Alpine today.  Human triggered slab avalanches 2-3′ thick are likely on steep slopes above 2000′. A MODERATE danger exists at Treeline and below where triggering an avalanche is still possible. Pay attention to changing conditions on solar aspects and with warming temperatures in the afternoon. Watch for roller [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 11th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger is  CONSIDERABLE  today.  Human triggered slab avalanches 2-3′ thick are likely on steep slopes and may be triggered remotely.  Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making are essential. Give cornices a wide berth and watch for wet snow moving in low elevation terrain.   SUMMIT LAKE:   Despite only a few [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 10th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger remains  HIGH above treeline and is  CONSIDERABLE  below treeline. Human triggered large slab avalanches will be likely on steep windloaded slopes. Slabs will be in the 2-3′ thick range and may be found in sheltered zones. These could be triggered remotely from ridgelines or from below. Additionally, cornice falls will be likely. [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 9th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE  this morning due to 1-2 feet of new snow in the past 24-hours. The danger is expected to rise to HIGH this evening as another round of snow and wind moves in. Human triggered slab avalanches, up to 2+ feet thick, will be likely. Natural avalanches will be possible. The [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 8th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger has risen to CONSIDERABLE for Turnagain Pass, Girdwood, Placer Valley and the Seward zone due to strong winds and a mix of rain and snow. Above 1000′ triggering storm slabs up to 1′ thick is likely on slopes steeper than 35 degrees today.   Below 1000′ loose-wet avalanches are possible. Careful snowpack [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 7th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
LOW avalanche danger is expected today, but if  more snow falls than forecasted, the danger may rise to  MODERATE.    Pay attention to changing weather. Watch for shallow wind slabs forming in the afternoon with 1-2″ of new snow and increasing winds. Avoid travel under glide cracks and give cornices a wide berth. Good travel [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 6th, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger remains across the advisory area. Triggering a slab avalanche is unlikely. Watch for sluffing on steep shaded slopes, avoid travel under glide cracks and give cornices a wide berth. Pay attention to changing conditions. [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 5th, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger remains across the advisory area. Triggering a slab avalanche is unlikely. Watch for sluffing on steep shaded slopes, avoid travel under glide cracks and give cornices a wide berth. Pay attention to changing conditions.   [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 4th, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger remains for Turnagain, Girdwood and Portage areas. Although triggering a slab avalanche is unlikely, watch for sluffs on steep shaded slopes. Avoid travel under glide cracks and give cornices a wide berth. SUMMIT LAKE / SILVERTIP:   More caution is advised south of Turnagain Pass as the snowpack is thin [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 3rd, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger remains for Turnagain, Girdwood and Portage areas. Although triggering a slab avalanche is unlikely, watch for sluffs on steep shaded slopes.  Glide cracks are moving. Minimize travel under them as they can release at anytime.  And as always, give cornices a wide berth. SUMMIT LAKE / SILVERTIP:   More caution [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 2nd, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
There is a generally LOW avalanche danger in the Turnagain, Girdwood and Portage areas. Triggering a slab avalanche is unlikely. Watch for sluffs on steep shaded slopes and give cornices a wide berth. Glide cracks are moving, minimize travel under them as they can release at anytime. SUMMIT LAKE / SILVERTIP:   More caution is [Read More]
Avalanche risk March 1st, 2019
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
A generally LOW avalanche danger exists across all elevations bands for the Turnagain area in the morning. Radiation from the sun and above freezing temperatures will be heating up Southerly aspects today and could raise the danger to MODERATE in the afternoon. This means a person may initiate a loose-wet avalanche in steep South facing [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 28th, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
A generally LOW avalanche danger exists across all elevations bands for the Turnagain area. LOW danger doesn’t mean NO danger. The sun and above freezing temperatures will be heating up Southerly aspects and a person may initiate a wet-loose avalanche in steep South facing terrain in the afternoon. Give cornices a wide berth and avoid [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 27th, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger exists across all elevations bands for the Turnagain area. Steep rocky southerly facing slopes may heat up enough by the afternoon for a person to initiate wet sluffs.  Give cornices a wide berth and avoid travel under glide cracks.  Good travel habits, such as exposing one person at a time, [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 26th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  on slopes over 35 degrees above 2,000′. Triggering a slab resting on weak faceted snow is still possible. Slabs could be anywhere from 6″ to 2′ thick depending on prior wind-loading.  Additionally, pay attention to changing conditions with warm temperatures in the Alpine, especially on steep slopes in direct sunshine. [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 25th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  on slopes over 35 degrees above 2,000′. Triggering a slab resting on weak faceted snow is still possible. Slabs could be anywhere from 6″ to 2′ thick depending on prior wind-loading. Additionally, pay attention to changing conditions with warm temperatures in the Alpine, especially on steep slopes in direct sunshine. [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 24th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes over 35 degrees above 2,000′. Triggering an older wind slab resting on weaker faceted snow is possible. Slabs could be anywhere from 4″ to 2′ thick depending on prior windloading. Steep rocky terrain will be the most likely place to find one of these avalanches.  Additionally, sunshine with [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 23rd, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
There is a  MODERATE  avalanche danger on slopes above 1,000′. Triggering a wind slab avalanche around a foot thick is possible on wind loaded steeper slopes. Additionally, sunshine and warm temperatures may cause wet sluffs in steep southerly facing terrain. As always, give cornices a wide berth and limit exposure under glide cracks. GIRDWOOD / [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 22nd, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger remains CONSIDERABLE in the Alpine due to strong Northwest winds that have loaded leeward terrain. Human triggered wind slabs 1-2′ are likely above treeline on slopes steeper than 35 degrees. Natural wind slabs are possible. Additionally, give cornices a wide berth and avoid travel under glide cracks. Blowing snow, shooting cracks and [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 21st, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE in the Alpine due to strong Northwest winds blowing new snow and loading leeward terrain. Human triggered wind slabs 1-2′ are likely above treeline on steep terrain and unsupported slopes. Natural wind slabs are possible. Additionally, give cornices a wide berth and avoid travel under glide cracks. Blowing snow, shooting [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 20th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  due to recent snowfall and wind loading.  Human triggered slab avalanches 1-2′ thick are possible on wind loaded slopes 35 degrees and steeper.  Additionally, give cornices a wide berth and avoid travel under glide cracks. Watch for changing conditions as the storm arrives today and look for signs of instability. [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 19th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE  due to recent snowfall and wind loading.  Human triggered slab avalanches 1-2′ thick are possible on slopes 35 degrees and steeper,  especially in wind-loaded terrain. Additionally, give cornices a wide berth and avoid travel under glide cracks. Watch for changing conditions and look for signs of instability.   GIRDWOOD / [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 18th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE due to recent snowfall and wind loading. Human triggered slab avalanches 1-2′ thick are likely on slopes 35 degrees and steeper,  especially in wind loaded terrain. Additionally, give cornices a wide berth and avoid travel under glide cracks.  Careful snowpack evaluation and conservative decision-making are essential if headed into avalanche [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 17th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is rising to  CONSIDERABLE  due to new snow and wind over the region. Naturally occurring storm snow avalanches are possible and human triggered avalanches are likely. Fresh wind slabs, 1-2′ thick, should be easily triggered on wind loaded slopes. Areas seeing over 10″ of new snow should expect slab avalanches in wind [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 16th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  at all elevations and expected to rise to CONSIDERABLE tomorrow. New snow and wind is on the way and may create fresh wind slabs, up to 6-10″ thick, by sunset in areas seeing 4-6″ of new snow. New snow sluffing off steep slopes should also be expected. Additionally, triggering a [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 15th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE above 2000′. Triggering an isolated wind slab will be possible on steep, leeward terrain features. Triggering a larger slab avalanche 1-3′ thick is becoming more unlikely, but not out of the question for Turnagain Pass. Give cornices a wide berth, and avoid travel under glide cracks. SUMMIT LAKE / JOHNSON [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 14th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE above 2000′. Triggering a small wind slab will be possible on steep, leeward terrain features. There is also a chance of triggering a larger slab avalanche 1-3′ thick on slopes 35 degrees and steeper. Give cornices a wide berth, avoid travel under glide cracks. Several glide cracks have released over [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 13th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE above 2000′. Triggering a small wind slab will be possible on steep, leeward terrain features due to active wind loading. There is also still a chance of triggering a large slab avalanche 2-3′ thick on slopes 35 degrees and steeper. Give cornices a wide berth, avoid travel under glide cracks. [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 12th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above 2000′. Look for signs of recent wind loading. Triggering a small wind slab will be possible on steep, leeward terrain features. There is also still a chance of triggering a large slab avalanche 2-3′ thick on slopes 35 degrees and steeper. Give cornices a wide berth, avoid travel under [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 11th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above 2000′. Look for signs of recent wind loading. Triggering a small wind slab will be possible on steep, leeward terrain features. There is also still a chance of triggering a large slab avalanche 2-3′ thick on slopes 35 degrees and steeper. Give cornices a wide berth, avoid travel under [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 10th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE in the Alpine and Treeline zones. Triggering a fresh wind slab 6-12 € thick is possible on steep terrain features. Active wind loading could add stress to a more dangerous problem where triggering a large slab avalanche 2-3′ thick remains possible on steep slopes above 2,000′. These slabs can be [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 9th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Cornice
Cornice
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE.  Triggering a large slab avalanche 2-3′ thick remains possible on steep slopes above 2,000′. These slabs can be triggered remotely from ridgelines and be large enough to bury, injure or kill a person.  Identify high consequence terrain and practice safe travel protocols.  Give cornices a wide berth, limit travel under [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 8th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE. Triggering a large slab avalanche 2-3′ thick remains possible on steep slopes above 2,000′. These slabs can be triggered remotely from ridgelines and large enough to bury, injure or kill a person. In addition, watch for wet sluffs on steep sunlit slopes. Give cornices a wide berth and limit travel [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 7th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Cornice
Cornice
The avalanche danger remains a ‘scary’ MODERATE on slopes above 2,000′. Triggering a large unsurvivable slab avalanche 2-3′ thick is possible on steep slopes. This kind of slab can be triggered remotely from a ridge, similar to an avalanche triggered yesterday on Eddies. In addition look for signs of windloading and roller balls on solar [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 6th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger remains a ‘scary’  MODERATE  on slopes above 2,000′. A weak layer of buried surface hoar is lurking  2-3′ below  the surface and  triggering a large and dangerous hard slab avalanche is still possible.  In addition look for recently wind-loaded slopes and roller balls on solar aspects. Avoid cornices and glide cracks and [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 5th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger remains a ‘scary’  MODERATE  on slopes above 2,000′. A weak layer of buried surface hoar is lurking  2-3′ below  the surface and  it remains possible to trigger a large and dangerous hard slab avalanche; similar to those triggered last Friday. In addition look for recently wind-loaded slopes, avoid cornices and glide cracks [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 4th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger remains a ‘scary’ MODERATE  on slopes above 2,000′. A worriesome weak layer of buried surface hoar is lurking 2-3′ below the surface and it remains possible to trigger a large and dangerous hard slab avalanche; similar to those triggered last Friday.  On the surface, there are more obvious avalanche problems associated with [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 3rd, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger is expected to rise to CONSIDERABLE  today in areas above treeline receiving new snow and wind. Expect fresh wind slabs to be easy to trigger and relatively shallow, up to a foot thick. The more concerning issue is, newly wind loaded slopes are overloading a weak layer of buried surface hoar 1-3′ [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 2nd, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger remains a ‘scary’ MODERATE on slopes above 2,000′. Large unsurviveable slab avalanches, up to 5′ deep, remain possible to trigger on slopes steeper than 30 degrees. Several tracks may be on a slope before it slides, as was the case yesterday with two large human triggered avalanches. These avalanches can be triggered [Read More]
Avalanche risk February 1st, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE at Treeline and in the Alpine. Human triggered slabs 2-4′ thick are possible above 2,000′ on slopes steeper than 35 degrees. Remote triggering an avalanche is becoming less likely, but not out of the question. Localized winds may have created wind slabs along some upper elevation features and loading patterns [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 31st, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Cornice
Cornice
Today is one of those days where the likelihood of a human triggered avalanche fits into MODERATE, but practicing the travel advice for  CONSIDERABLE  danger is more appropriate for our tricky avalanche conditions. Human triggered slabs 2-4′ thick are possible above 2000’on slopes steeper than 35 degrees. It may also be possible to trigger a [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 30th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger remains  CONSIDERABLE  on slopes above 2,000′. Human triggered slabs 2-4′ thick are likely on slopes steeper than 35 degrees. These slabs can be remotely triggered from below or along a ridgeline. Triggering a lingering wind slab or large cornice is possible today and has the potential to initiate a larger avalanche below. [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 29th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger remains CONSIDERABLE  on slopes above 1,500′. Fresh wind slabs and cornice falls, due to strong wind and 6-12″ of new snow overnight, may release naturally along ridgelines and  human triggered avalanches will be likely. The new snow and wind loading  may also overload and trigger much larger avalanches  that break in a [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 28th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
There remains a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger above treeline throughout Turnagain Pass.   Forecasters and observers continue to find a layer of surface hoar buried last week (MLK day) that was responsible for several human-triggered avalanches on Saturday.   Given the nature of this problem, avalanches have the potential to be triggered from significant distances away [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 27th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Cornice
Cornice
The avalanche danger remains CONSIDERABLE on slopes above 1,500′.  Human triggered slab avalanches between 2 to 5 feet thick remain likely; nine avalanches were triggered yesterday.  These slabs can be triggered from the bottom, side or on top of a slope while traveling along a ridge. They have the potential to  be large, dangerous and [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 26th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Cornice
Cornice
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on slopes above 1,500′. Human triggered slab avalanches between 2 to 5 feet thick are likely due to new snow sitting on a weak foundation. These avalanches could be very large, dangerous and unsurviveable. They also could be triggered from the bottom, side or on top of a slope. Cornices [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 25th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
The avalanche danger is  HIGH  above 2000′ due to the potential for strong winds to trigger large natural avalanches this morning. As winds decrease and precipitation tappers off this morning triggering a large avalanche in Turnagain Pass will be likely and remote triggered avalanches are possible. In Girdwood and Portage Valley where more snow has [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 24th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Wet Loose
Wet Loose
The avalanche danger is HIGH above 1500′ due to strong winds and heavy snow this morning. In Girdwood and Portage Valley storm slabs 2-3+’ could release naturally. In Turnagain Pass where less snow has fallen triggering a storm slab up to 1.5′ deep is likely today on slopes greater than 30 degrees. Active wind loading, [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 23rd, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger is  CONSIDERABLE  at all elevations today. As strong winds and new snow/rain impact the region triggering a slab avalanche will be likely  on slopes steeper than 30 degrees and natural avalanches are possible. Cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making are essential today. Avoid travel under cornices and glide cracks. Pay attention to changing [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 22nd, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger exists across all elevations bands for the Turnagain area today. Triggering a slab avalanche is unlikely but not impossible. As winds increase and snow falls the danger may rise to MODERATE in the Alpine late in the day. Pay attention to changing conditions and expect the avalanche danger to increase [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 21st, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger exists across all elevations bands for the Turnagain area. Triggering a slab avalanche is unlikely but not impossible.  Identify glide cracks and avoid/limit your exposure time under this unpredictable hazard.  Give cornices a wide berth and watch your sluff. GIRDWOOD / PORTAGE / PLACER:   North of Turnagain Pass received [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 20th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
A generally LOW avalanche danger exists in Turnagain Pass at all elevations. Pockets of MODERATE danger exist in the Alpine in zones that saw more snow last week, such as Girdwood, Portage and Placer Valley. In these areas, triggering a slab avalanche up to a foot thick is trending to unlikely, but may still be [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 19th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above 2500′ for slab avalanches 1-2′ thick. Triggering a small slab in isolated terrain or a larger slab that could bury a person is possible on steep slopes. Cornices grew last week and could be triggered by the weight of a person or snowmachine. Identify glide cracks and avoid/limit your [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 18th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Cornice
Cornice
The avalanche danger is MODERATE above 2500′ for triggering a slab 1-2′ thick. Slabs may be small and isolated or large enough to bury a person. Cornices have been recently loaded and could be triggered by the weight of a person or snowmachine. Identify glide cracks and avoid/limit your exposure time under this unpredictable hazard. [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 17th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above 2,500′. Wind slabs 1-2′ thick will be possible to trigger on wind-loaded terrain features on all aspects. In addition, glide cracks may release into avalanches; limit/avoid exposure under them. Give cornices a wide berth. SUMMIT LAKE / JOHNSON PASS:  Keep in mind buried weak layers exist in the middle [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 16th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above 2,000′. Old wind slabs 1-2′ thick, along with shallow fresh wind slabs less than a foot thick, will be possible to trigger on wind-loaded slopes. In addition, glide cracks may release into avalanches; limit/avoid exposure under them. Give cornices a wide berth. SUMMIT LAKE / JOHNSON PASS:  Keep in [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 15th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE  above 1,500′.  Wind slabs 1-2′ thick will be possible to trigger on steep wind-loaded slopes. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully.  In addition, glide cracks may release into avalanches; limit/avoid exposure under them. Give cornices a wide berth. SUMMIT LAKE / JOHNSON PASS:  Keep in mind buried weak layers exist in [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 14th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  CONSIDERABLE  on slopes above 1,000′.  Human triggered slab avalanches, 1-3′ thick, will be likely  and may be triggered remotely  in the Alpine and in areas exposed to wind in the Treeline elevation band.  Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route finding and conservative decision-making are essential today.  In addition, glide cracks may release [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 13th, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on slopes above 1,000′. Natural avalanches due to strong wind and several inches of new snow are possible in the Alpine and in areas exposed to wind in the Treeline.  Human triggered slab avalanches, up to a foot thick or more, will be likely  and may be triggered remotely.  Pay [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 12th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Strong winds impacting the region today will cause the avalanche danger to rise to MODERATE at all elevation bands in exposed terrain as triggering a wind slab becomes possible. As these slabs build over the weak surface snow the danger may rise to CONSIDERABLE in the Alpine later in the day. Natural avalanches may become [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 11th, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger exists across all elevations bands for the Turnagain area. Low danger does not mean no danger.  Watch for wind affected snow where an isolated wind slab may release on a steep terrain feature. Glide cracks are creeping open and may avalanche without warning. Limiting/avoiding exposure under them is prudent. Give [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 10th, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger exists across all elevations bands for the Turnagain area. Triggering a slab avalanche is unlikely but not impossible. Glide cracks may release into avalanches. Limiting/avoiding exposure under them is prudent. Give cornices a wide berth and watch your sluff. SUMMIT LAKE / JOHNSON PASS / LYNX DRAINAGE: Keep in mind [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 9th, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger exists across all elevations bands for the Turnagain area. Triggering a slab avalanche is unlikely but not impossible. Glide cracks may release into avalanches. Limiting/avoiding exposure under them is prudent. Give cornices a wide berth and watch your sluff. SUMMIT LAKE / JOHNSON PASS / LYNX DRAINAGE:  *** We want [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 8th, 2019
Normal Caution
Normal Caution
A generally  LOW  avalanche danger exists across all elevations bands for the Turnagain Area. Triggering an avalanche is unlikely but not impossible. Good travel habits, such as exposing one person at a time, watching your partners and grouping up in safe zones are, as always, key ways to minimize risk.  Ease onto steep slopes and [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 7th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger remains  MODERATE  above 1,000′. Triggering a slab avalanche 2-3′ thick is still possible. Wind affected terrain in the Alpine is the most suspect.  Glide cracks are opening and have been avalanching during this cold snap. This is the time to avoid being under cracks. As always, give cornices a wide berth and [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 6th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger remains  MODERATE  above 1,000′. Finding and triggering a slab avalanche 2-3′ thick is becoming less likely but still possible; most suspect areas are higher elevations that have seen prior wind effect. Second, glide cracks (brown cracks in the snow) are opening and avalanching during this cold snap. This is the time to [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 5th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger remains  MODERATE  in the Alpine and Treeline zones. Triggering a slab avalanche 2-3′ thick is still possible due to a weak layer buried by the New Year’s storm. Natural glide avalanches are also possible today, limit/avoid exposure under glide cracks. Cornices are large, don’t forget to give them a wide berth as [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 4th, 2019
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  in the Alpine and Treeline zones for Turnagain Pass. Triggering a slab avalanche 2-3′ thick is possible and could be large enough to bury or kill a person. Natural glide avalanches are possible today and could release without warning. Give cornices a wide berth and avoid being under glide cracks. [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 3rd, 2019
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE in the Alpine and Treeline zones for triggering a large slab 2+’ thick in steep terrain. Give cornices a wide berth and avoid being under glide cracks. Natural glide avalanches are possible today and could release without warning. There is LOW avalanche danger below 1000′ where a surface crust has [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 2nd, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 1000′ where triggering a slab 2-4′ thick is likely on slopes steeper than 35 degrees. Give cornices a wide berth and avoid being under glide cracks. Natural glide avalanches are possible today and could release without warning. Cautious route-finding and conservative decision making are essential. A  MODERATE  avalanche danger [Read More]
Avalanche risk January 1st, 2019
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
Hurricane force wind plus another foot of new snow overnight has brought the avalanche danger to HIGH in the Alpine. Natural storm snow avalanches 2-4′ thick are likely while this second storm hits. The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE in the treeline and below treeline band where natural storm snow avalanches may occur and human triggered [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 31st, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
Strong winds and new snow have created dangerous avalanche conditions. The avalanche danger is  CONSIDERABLE  at all elevations today. Triggering a large slab avalanche 1-3′ feet thick will be likely on slopes steeper than 30 degrees and natural avalanches are possible. Cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making are essential today. Avoid travel under cornices and glide [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 30th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
Strong wind with snowfall today, plus heavy snowfall tonight, will increase the avalanche danger to CONSIDERABLE through the day and may reach HIGH danger by early tomorrow morning. Wind slabs are forming now and may release naturally and storm snow avalanches will become likely once snowfall rates pick up. Timing for naturally occurring avalanches depends [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 29th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above treeline where increased winds last night may have formed sensitive wind slabs on lee aspects. Any fresh wind slab found is likely to be soft and shallow, yet could be easy to trigger. Cornices are still a concern and likely grew with last night’s wind. Glide cracks are moving! [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 28th, 2018
Cornice
Cornice
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger is MODERATE above 1000′ for triggering an unstable cornice or a new/old wind slab.   Triggering a slab on an older layer 2+’ deep is becoming less likely, but not impossible in the periphery of the forecast zone near Johnson Pass and Silvertip.   Identify glide cracks and avoid traveling under these [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 27th, 2018
Cornice
Cornice
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
A  MODERATE  avalanche danger remains for triggering a cornice or a wind slab avalanche in terrain above 1,000′. Identify ridgelines with cornice features and give them a wide berth. Pay attention to changing weather, shooting cracks or blowing snow €“ these will be obvious clues wind slabs are touchy. Glide cracks are still opening and [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 26th, 2018
Cornice
Cornice
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
A  MODERATE  avalanche danger remains for cornice falls and wind slab avalanches in terrain above 1,000′. Several people have accidentally triggered cornice falls in the past few days and today cornices are likely to be just as unstable – give cornices a wide berth. Additionally, watch for fresh wind slabs formed by yesterday’s increase in [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 25th, 2018
Cornice
Cornice
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
There is a  MODERATE  avalanche danger for slopes above 1,000′.   Triggering a cornice fall or  a wind slab avalanche  will be possible in areas exposed to Saturday’s winds. Glide cracks are opening and releasing, avoid travel under them. Pay attention to weather and changing conditions. If snow amounts are higher than forecast expect the [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 24th, 2018
Cornice
Cornice
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
There is a  MODERATE  avalanche danger for slopes above 1,000′.   Triggering a cornice fall or  a wind slab avalanche will be possible in areas exposed to Saturday’s winds. Glide cracks are opening and could release at anytime, avoid travel under them. JOHNSON PASS / LYNX DRAINAGE / SUMMIT LAKE:    South of Turnagain Pass [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 23rd, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
There is a  MODERATE avalanche danger for slopes above 1,000′.   Triggering a wind slab avalanche or breaking off a cornice will be possible in areas exposed by yesterday’s winds. Wind slabs could be 1-3′ thick and composed of hard snow, allowing a person onto them before releasing. Glide cracks are opening and could release [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 22nd, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
A CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger exists for wind slab avalanches on exposed slopes above treeline. An increase in winds will form touchy wind slabs 1-3′ thick. Triggering one of these will be likely in areas with recent wind loaded snow. A MODERATE danger exists at all elevations for loose snow avalanches on steeper slopes out of [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 21st, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE at all elevations for the mountains surrounding Turnagain Pass. Trigging a storm slab 3-4′ deep is likely in avalanche terrain due to a massive storm that ended yesterday morning. Triggering an unmanageable loose snow avalanche that entrains and picks up momentum is also a real concern. Today’s message is simple, [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 20th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Travel is not recommended today  in avalanche terrain due to HIGH avalanche danger at all elevations. Large natural avalanches 3-5+’ thick are very likely in the upper elevations due to heavy snow at all elevations. A Special Avalanche Warning has been issued for the mountains surrounding Turnagain Pass, Portage Valley and Girdwood Valley. This also [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 19th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above 1,000′. Wind slabs will be possible to trigger on steep wind-loaded slopes. Watch for storm slabs forming and pay attention to changing conditions.  Additional concerns: watch your sluff in steep terrain  and avoid traveling underneath  glide cracks. JOHNSON PASS AND LYNX CREEK:  We have no snowpack data from these [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 18th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE above 1,000′. Soft slab avalanches composed of Sunday’s storm snow will be possible to trigger on slopes steeper than 35 degrees. These are most likely to be shallow, 6 to 12″ thick, and found near ridgelines and over rollovers.  Additional concerns: watch your sluff in steep terrain  and avoid traveling [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 17th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 1000′.  Human triggered storm slab avalanches are likely on slopes 35 degrees and steeper. Watch for signs of instability: recent avalanches, cracking and collapsing (whumpfing). Additional concerns: watch your sluff in steep terrain  and avoid traveling underneath  glide cracks. GIRDWOOD VALLEY:  Storms have been favoring Girdwood Valley. Yesterday over [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 16th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  in the Alpine and Treeline. Human triggered avalanches are possible. Be on the lookout for wind slabs in steep, wind-loaded terrain. Pay attention to snowfall intensity today. The danger could rise to CONSIDERABLE as storm slabs develop. Additional concerns: watch your sluff in steep terrain  and avoid traveling underneath  glide [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 15th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  in the Alpine and Treeline. A bump in easterly winds today along with a few inches of snow this morning will likely form fresh wind slabs, up to a foot thick, that could be easy to trigger. If snowfall and wind intensify more than forecast, the danger will rise to [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 14th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  in the Alpine and at Treeline where triggering a slab 1-3′ deep is possible in a shallow areas of the snowpack. In the Alpine triggering an isolated windslab or getting caught up in a loose snow avalanche is possible in steep terrain.  Avoid traveling underneath glide cracks. Assess the snowpack [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 13th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  in the Alpine and at Treeline where triggering a slab 1-3′ deep is possible. Triggering a windslab or getting caught up in a loose snow avalanche will be possible in steep terrain. Keep an eye out for glide cracks and avoid traveling underneath this unpredictable avalanche hazard. Assess the snowpack [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 12th, 2018
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Glide Avalanches
Glide Avalanches
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  in the Alpine and at Treeline where triggering a slab 1-3′ deep is possible. Keep an eye out for glide cracks and avoid traveling underneath this unpredictable avalanche hazard. Assess the snowpack as you travel, identify areas of concern and evaluate terrain consequences. UPDATE: An unexpected sleeper storm is upon [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 11th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above 2500′ in the Alpine. Watch for wind slabs in steep, wind-loaded start zones. Triggering a slab avalanche is still possible. As new snow accumulates assess how well it bonds to the snow surface below.   Pay attention to changing conditions.   SUMMIT LAKE:    A weak and  shallow snowpack [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 10th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above 2500′ in the Alpine. As easterly winds continue today triggering a wind slab in steep leeward terrain will be possible. Watch for changing conditions. If snow amounts are higher than forecast expect danger to rise to CONSIDERABLE  and human triggered avalanches to be likely.   SUMMIT LAKE:    A [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 9th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger is  CONSIDERABLE  for elevations above 1,000′.  Several feet of new snow fell over two days at the mid and upper elevations overloading the snowpack. Human triggered slab avalanches may be likely and will increase in likelihood with elevation. We are in the window of the first 24 hours after a significant storm, [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 8th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Travel is not recommended in avalanche terrain again today as a  HIGH  avalanche danger remains. Large natural avalanches are likely in the upper elevations as snowfall and winds continue. Wet avalanches are likely in the mid elevations and in channeled terrain below treeline. PORTAGE:    Up to 5′ of snow has fallen in the high [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 7th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Travel is not recommended today due to HIGH avalanche danger at all elevations. Large natural avalanches 2-3′ thick are very likely in the upper elevations of Turnagain Pass and Girdwood due to strong winds and heavy snow above 2000′. Wet avalanches are likely in the mid elevations and in channeled terrain below treeline. PORTAGE: In [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 6th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger remains  MODERATE  above 2500′ in the Alpine where triggering a wind slab in steep terrain will be possible.  Additionally, triggering a  slab avalanche 1-3′ thick, releasing on buried surface hoar, is possible though trending toward a lower likelihood. SUMMIT LAKE: A very shallow snowpack exists, but triggering a slab large enough to [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 5th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger remains  MODERATE  above 2500′ in the Alpine. As easterly winds continue, triggering a wind slab in steep terrain will be possible.  Additionally, triggering a slab avalanche 1-3′ thick, releasing on buried surface hoar, is still possible though trending to a lower likelihood. [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 4th, 2018
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above 2500′ in the Alpine. As easterly winds increase today triggering a wind slab in steep leeward terrain will be possible. Additionally, human triggered slab avalanches 1-3′ thick remain possible due to a weak layer of snow under the Thanksgiving weekend storm snow.       [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 3rd, 2018
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  above 2500′ in the Alpine. Human triggered slab avalanches up to 1-3′ thick remain possible due to a weak layer of snow under the Thanksgiving weekend storm snow. Additionally, watch for lingering wind slabs in steep wind-loaded terrain. [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 2nd, 2018
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger remains  MODERATE  above 2500′ in the Alpine. Human triggered slab avalanches up to 1-3′ thick remain possible due to a weak layer of snow under the Thanksgiving weekend storm snow. Additionally, watch for wind slabs that could form today, or did yesterday, with the continued southerly and easterly ridgetop winds. [Read More]
Avalanche risk December 1st, 2018
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
A  MODERATE  avalanche danger exists above 2500′ in the Alpine. Triggering a slab avalanche 1-3′ thick remains possible due to a layer of buried surface hoar under the Thanksgiving weekend storm snow. Additionally, watch for increasing winds today from a southerly direction that may form wind slabs in unusual places. [Read More]
Avalanche risk November 30th, 2018
Persistent Slabs
Persistent Slabs
Wind Slabs
Wind Slabs
The avalanche danger is MODERATE above 2500′ where triggering a slab 1-3′ thick is possible on slopes steeper than 35 degrees. Be aware of changing weather and wind slabs forming late afternoon. At treeline (below 2500′) the avalanche danger is LOW where a strong crust has formed and capped the snowpack. [Read More]
Avalanche risk November 29th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger is  MODERATE  in the Alpine where triggering a slab avalanche is possible on all aspects. Below 2500′ the danger is  LOW where freezing temperature are helping a thin and wet snowpack form a crust.   [Read More]
Avalanche risk November 28th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE in the Alpine where triggering a slab avalanche is likely. Below 2500′ the danger is MODERATE. If there is any snow left triggering a wet loose avalanche will be possible and being in the runout of snow-covered slopes above should still be avoided today. [Read More]
Avalanche risk November 27th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
As wet and stormy weather continues today the avalanche danger remains HIGH in the Alpine. With additional snowfall and wind loading natural avalanches are likely.  Avalanches at upper elevations may run into terrain below keeping the danger at CONSIDERABLE for the Treeline elevation band. Human triggered avalanches are very likely above the rain/snow line (approximately [Read More]
Avalanche risk November 26th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
Continued snowfall and wind above 2,500′ will keep the avalanche danger at HIGH in the Alpine. Storm snow avalanches are expected again today at these upper elevations. At the mid-mountain elevations, rain falling up to 2,500′ will continue to wash away the snowpack and initiate wet avalanches on steep slopes where enough snow still exists. [Read More]
Avalanche risk November 25th, 2018
Storm Slabs
Storm Slabs
A powerful storm moving through is expected to increase the avalanche danger to HIGH in the upper elevations today. Over 1′ and up to 2′ of snow accumulating by this afternoon should cause natural avalanches to occur.  Warming temperatures will also increase the likelihood of avalanche activity at these high elevations and bring rain to [Read More]
Avalanche risk November 23rd, 2018
Announcement
Announcement
The CNFAIC will be issuing  intermittent snow and avalanche updates  until there is enough snow to warrant daily avalanche advisories. We are closely monitoring a series of storms this weekend and you may see your first forecast any day now. Keep an eye on this page and be sure to ‘like’ us on facebook where [Read More]
Avalanche risk November 19th, 2018
Announcement
Announcement
The CNFAIC will be issuing  intermittent snow and avalanche updates  as conditions warrant.  Daily avalanche forecasts were planned to begin on Thanksgiving weekend  – but at this point we are in wait-and-see mode until we get more snow.   Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! #playsafe                     [Read More]