Snow & Avalanche Weekly Summary

Summit Area
Forecaster:   CNFAIC Staff  
Friday, November 27th 2015
Created: Nov 27th 7:23 am
Summary and Current Conditions

We have limited information about the Summit area. We will begin issuing our weekly snow and avalanche summary on Saturday, November 28th. Please send in your observations! 

Turnagain Pass Bottom Line:

For the Turnagain Pass, Girdwood and Summit Lake (Kenai) regions a HIGH avalanche danger remains. Another storm moved through overnight adding 12-18" of heavy snow at the upper elevations and rain below 2,500'. This, accompanied by winds gusting to 109mph, will continue to destabilize the snowpack. 

Natural and human triggered avalanches are likely. A MODERATE danger exists below 1,000' in snow-free gullies and runouts where debris can be channeled from an avalanche above. Possibly affecting hiking trails (see photo below).

Travel in avalanche terrain is NOT recommended again today. The good news is, snow is piling up in the mountains - at the upper elevations. With little detailed information at this time, we are asking folks to be patient and conservative in the backcountry until these storm cycles cease.

This is a general backcountry avalanche advisory issued for Summit Lake Area 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: Nov 27, 2015 )

Glacier District
Johnson Pass: Closed
Placer River: Closed
Skookum Drainage: Closed
Turnagain Pass: ClosedBuilding our base - a WET 18". Reference the DOT Turnagain Pass RWIS web cam for current image of Turnagain pass snowstake.
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

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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