Avalanche Advisory

Turnagain Area Avalanche Advisory
Forecaster:   CNFAIC Staff  
Monday, September 26th 2016
Created: Sep 26th 15:00 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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The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center is gearing up and the staff are heading to the International Snow Science Workshop in Breckenridge, Colorado next week. Since there is snow in the mountains we wanted to remind folks about early season avalanche conditions and encourage you to attend a few upcoming events. 

Add these to the calender:

            Thursday, October 13th, Ski Movie Night - Matchstick Productions: Ruin and RoseGet your stoke on while supporting avalanche education and forecasting.

            Friday, Nov 4th:  Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop - Alaska's regional professional workshop.

            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!!!

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

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. There was a small fatal avalanche that caught and carried a skier over a large cliff in Banff National Park yesterday. 

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: May 02, 2016 )

Glacier District
Johnson Pass: ClosedJohnson Pass (N and S) are closed for the season due to inadequate snow at the trailheads.
Placer River: Closed
Skookum Drainage: Closed
Turnagain Pass: ClosedThe Forest Service has CLOSED Turnagain Pass (N and S) for motorized use due to inadequate snow cover. Whittier is also CLOSED. (What a great season though!)
Twentymile: Closed
Seward District
Carter Lake: Closed
Lost Lake Trail: ClosedDue to inadequate snow conditions and to prevent resource damage, operating or possessing a snowmobile on Lost Lake Trail is prohibited. Conditions will be monitored daily for a re-opening.
Primrose Trail: ClosedPrimrose access to Lost Lake is closed due to resource damage low on the trail. LL can still be accessed via Snug Harbor road.
Resurrection Pass Trail: Closed
Snug Harbor: ClosedSnug Harbor closes on May 1st
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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