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Wed, November 9th, 2016 - 7:00AM
Thu, November 10th, 2016 - 7:00AM
Avalanche risk The Bottom Line

As we wait for enough snow to fall to warrant full avalanche advisories we are going to continue to provide updates and some educational reminders for the season. Check out the observations from Tincan over the weekend  HERE. We love getting observations! Please keep them coming if you get out in the advisory area.

The theme for today is GET THE GEAR! Know Before You Go  

Investing in avalanche rescue gear is an investment in your life and your backcountry partner’s life. If your gear is old (analog beacon) or you are new to winter backcountry travel we recomend the following when purchasing or upgrading your rescue equipment.  

Triple Antenna Beacon with multiple-burial marking

-Aluminum Probe at least 270cm long (Alaska has a deep snowpack)

-Aluminum Shovel made by a manufacturer who specialized is avalanche rescue equipment (retire your old plastic shovels)

An Avalanche Air Bag is an additional piece of safety equipment that does not replace the three essentials above, but has proven to reduce the likelihood of a full-burial.

***The BEST avalanche rescue equipment is the gear you practice with often. A three-day Level 1 avalanche course provides one full day of avalanche rescue training and is highly recomendeded for all backcountry users.  Remember these skills are parishible and  practicing avalanche rescue once a month with your regular backcountry partners is something we should all strive for. Check out our calendar for upcoming Avalanche Courses and some free CNFAIC hosted Awareness Talks and Rescue Workshops.  

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Travel Advice Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern. Dangerous avalanche conditions. Dangerous avalanche conditions. Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended. Extraordinarily dangerous avalanche conditions. Avoid all avalanche terrain.
Likelihood of Avalanches Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely. Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible. Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely. Natural avalanches likely; human-triggered avalanches very likely. Natural and human-triggered avalanches certain.
Avalanche Size and Distribution Small avalanches in isolated areas or extreme terrain. Small avalanches in specific areas; or large avalanches in isolated areas. Small avalanches in many areas; or large avalanches in specific areas; or very large avalanches in isolated areas. Large avalanches in many areas; or very large avalanches in specific areas. Very large avalanches in many areas.
Avalanche Problem 1
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Be sure to visit Avalanche Canada’s incredible multimedia presentation of RESCUE AT CHERRY BOWL on their website HERE. Below is the teaser.

Rescue at Cherry Bowl Teaser from Avalanche Canada on Vimeo.

Wed, November 9th, 2016

A view of the Motorized lot in Turnagain Pass taken Monday afternoon. Unfortunately we are sad to report it is raining at this elevation today. Photo by Graham Predeger

PRECIPITATION 24-hour data (6am – 6am)

  Temp Avg (F) Snow (in) Water (in) Snow Depth (in)
Center Ridge (1880′)        
Summit Lake (1400′)        
Alyeska Mid (1700′)        

RIDGETOP 24-hour data (6am – 6am)

  Temp Avg (F) Wind Dir Wind Avg (mph) Wind Gust (mph)
Sunburst (3812′)        
Seattle Ridge (2400′)        
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This is a general backcountry avalanche advisory issued for Turnagain Arm with Turnagain Pass as the core advisory area. This advisory does not apply to highways, railroads or operating ski areas.