Avalanche Advisory

Turnagain Area Avalanche Advisory
Forecaster:   CNFAIC Staff  
Tuesday, October 18th 2016
Created: Oct 18th 15:37 pm
0 NO RATING Alpine / Above 2,500'
0 NO RATING Treeline / 1,000'-2,500'
0 NO RATING Below Treeline / Below 1,000'
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WINTER HAS ARRIVED!!!!!  ARE YOU READY FOR THE 2016/17 SEASON??? Check out this observation from Turnagain Pass today. 

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center is gearing up and the snow in October is adding to the excitement. We have just had the second snowfall of the season (the first was in late September) and more is likely on the way. With this is mind, we wanted to remind folks about early season avalanche conditions and encourage you to attend a few upcoming events

Mark your calendars:

  • Friday, Nov 4th:  Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop - Alaska's regional professional workshop. ***NEW this year, the afternoon session is FREE (12:30-4:30pm) and geared for backcountry travelers!!***
  • Thursday, Nov 17th:  Friends of the CNFAIC Fall FUNdraiser - Don't miss this chance to support your avalanche center and get inspired for the season listening to Elyse Saugstad’s ski adventures!!!
  • Tuesday, Nov 8th:  Avalanche Awareness and navigating the CNFAIC website and tools. 
           6:30-8pm at Ski AK's new location on Benson (same entry as the Trek bike shop) in Anchorage

Stay tuned for more events, including our free awareness courses and Fireside Chats to be listed on our calendar page this week. 

We will begin issuing intermittent updates if the snow keeps falling on this page as well as posting on our Facebook and Instagram pages (Facebook link in the upper right corner and Instagram: @chugachavy). Full advisories with danger ratings will begin sometime in November or as snow and avalanche conditions warrant.

**If you venture out remember if there is snow to ride there is snow to slide. Keep in mind the Crow Pass trail crosses several avalanche paths and even a small early season storm can produce slides that run over the trail. Heads up!

Early season hazards:

Rocks, alders, crevasses and avalanches.  

What to clue into:

1) Rapid changes in weather? This includes recent or current snowfall, wind, rain on snow and warm temperatures after a storm. One layer of snow can be a slab! What surface is the snow falling on? 

2) Recent avalanches in the past 1 or 2 days?

3) Cracking, collapsing, whumphing?

4) What are the consequences if the slope does slide? Will you go off a cliff? Into a crevasse? Over the rocks? Are there other terrain traps?

Check your rescue gear, put fresh batteries in your beacon, tune up your brain! 

Let us know what you see! Submit an observation or drop us a note! 



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).

Winter snowmachine use open/closed status and riding conditions updates

Riding status is not associated with avalanche danger. An area will be open to motorized use in accordance to the Forest Management Plan when snow coverage is adequate to protect underlying vegetation. Backcountry hazards including avalanche hazard are always present regardless of the open status of motorized use areas.

(Updated: Oct 18, 2016 )

Glacier District
Johnson Pass: Closed
Placer River: Closed
Skookum Drainage: Closed
Turnagain Pass: Closed
Twentymile: Closed
Seward District
Carter Lake: Closed
Lost Lake Trail: Closed
Primrose Trail: Closed
Resurrection Pass Trail: Closed
Snug Harbor: Closed
South Fork Snow River Corridor: Closed
Summit Lake: Closed

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The information in this advisory is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory provided by the Chugach National Forest, in partnership with Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center.

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