The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center and Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center are pleased to announce the launch of an observations program partnership with Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center.
By clicking the “Observations” link on both hatcherpassavalanche.org and cnfaic.org, users can now browse and submit Hatcher Pass observations. Data is mirrored on both sites giving Southcentral Alaska backcountry enthusiasts the ability to quickly browse recent snowpack and avalanche observations throughout the region.
The Chugach Avalanche Center observations program has been an overwhelming success in the Turnagain / Summit regions. Last season (2014/15) we received a total 320 observations (82 more than were submitted during the 2013/14 season) and already this season we have received over 200 observations. These observations play a crucial role in aiding CNFAIC forecasters when they write the advisories for these regions.
Our hope is that Hatcher Pass users will embrace the observations program in the same way Turnagain / Summit users have and begin regularly submitting observations and photos. These observations will help Hatcher Pass forecasters as they collect data for their next advisory.
Please submit your own observations and spread the word to others!
A limited number of F-CNFAIC raffle tickets are on sale now! Awesome prizes from Alaska Airlines, Alyeska Resort, Chugach Powder Guides, Talkeetna Air Taxi and Ortovox. Drawing to be held Feb 26th at TapRoot. Only 200 tickets sold, need not be present to win. Contact the F-CNFAIC through Facebook if you’re interested!
Join CNFAIC forecasters on Sunday, December 20th for a 1.5 hour informal avalanche rescue workshop before hitting the hills!!
WHEN: Sunday, December 20th 11:00am-12:30pm
WHERE: Turnagain Pass (Motorized parking lot) – Look for the blue CNFAIC Avalanche trailer.
Practice with your avalanche beacon, learn strategic shoveling techniques and meet local forecasters!
Don’t forget to bring your rescue gear: avalanche beacon, shovel, probe. We will have extras to borrow as well.
This workshop is open to everyone and anyone, novices and experts, that recreate in avalanche terrain – snowmachiners, skiers, kicker-builders, etc!! Practicing our rescue skills is a must for all of us. This workshop will be a fun hour that could help save a life in the future. See you there!
Join us again this winter for our wildly popular Fireside Chat series! Forecasters will present a different topic each night ranging from Human Factors to snowpack and avalanche formation. Fireside chats will be held in Girdwood AND Anchorage! As always, these seminars will be fun, informative and free!
Topic for Thursday Dec 10th (6:30-8:00pm):
Avalanche Awareness: RESCUE.
Presented by: Heather Thamm
Venue: The Alaska Avalanche School (Anchorage)
Note: The rest of the Fireside chats will be held on Thursday nights both at the Alaska Avalanche School (Anchorage) and the Glacier Ranger Station (Girdwood). Check the calendar for all the details!
Next Thursday – November 19 at 6:30 and 9pm we’re hosting Fade To Winter – Match Stick Productions ski movie fundraiser for the Alaska Avalanche School and the Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center. Presented locally by Rossignol Skis. Come out for a run night!
MSP Films, the most highly decorated ski film company in the world, proudly introduces FADE TO WINTER, the latest in a long line of groundbreaking films from the production powerhouse.
Following on the heels of the award-winning films MCCONKEY and DAYS OF MY YOUTH, MSP’s newest feature film highlights the top athletes of today and their unfaltering dedication to the sport of skiing. Even when faced with challenging weather and conditions, MSP’s all-star cast of skiers dug deep within themselves to find the best in each experience. “It is just skiing, after all,” says executive producer Murray Wais, “and this roster of skiers that we’ve assembled for FADE TO WINTER takes the same pleasure in a day on the hill as you or I do.”
MSP’s 23rd annual ski film focuses on fun, because that is what skiing is all about first-timers and professionals alike share that same mentality. Whether chasing deep powder in Japan, ripping with local groms in New England, searching for new lines in Alaska, or building backcountry jumps in Iceland, every aspect of this compelling new film showcases the inner spirit of every skier’s burning desire to get out on the snow.
Although the 2014/15 season may be a wrap for the Avalanche Center and it is the midst of summer, remember to mark your calendars for the upcoming 2015 Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop!!
Check the workshop website: akavalancheworkshop.org in late summer for a schedule of speakers and registration.
The CNFAIC has wrapped up for the 2014/15 forecast season. This does not mean avalanche season is over. There is currently a lot of snow at the higher elevations that has yet to transition to a stable summer snowpack or melt out completely.
Please see our springtime tips on the advisory page for more details regarding this spring’s mountain travel.
We are currently issuing advisories 5 days a week until our final advisory on Thursday, April 30th. Advisories will be posted at 7 am each day except Mondays and Wednesdays.
There is still plenty of snow at the mid and higher elevations and that means avalanche season is not over! Springtime avalanche conditions remain along with avalanche conditions due to storms that roll through. We will be posting a final report on May 1st that focuses on the various avalanche tips associated with springtime weather.
Join CNFAIC forecasters at ARCTIC MAN 2015 for a FREE avalanche rescue workshop!!
In 2 hours we will teach you and your crew how to effect an efficient and successful avalanche rescue. Bring your own gear or use ours. Free demos and prizes from Backcountry Access (including a set of BCA Link Radios!!), A2D Sledworks and special incentives from AMDS!!!
PDF version of Flyer is here: ARCTIC MAN 2015 FLIER
UPDATE: EXPIRED ON APRIL 4TH
SPECIAL AVALANCHE BULLETIN
APRIL 3RD THROUGH SUNDAY APRIL 5TH
Click HERE for PDF version
A SPECIAL AVALANCHE BULLETIN HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR TURNAGAIN PASS, PORTAGE VALLEY, GIRDWOOD VALLEY AND SURROUNDING ZONES.
SPRINGTIME WEATHER AND AN UNSTABLE SNOWPACK WILL LEAD TO DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS IN THE BACKCOUNTRY THIS WEEKEND. LARGE HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE POSSIBLE ON STEEP, SHADY SLOPES WITH A NORTHERLY ASPECT. NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE POSSIBLE ON SOUTHERLY SLOPES IN THE AFTERNOONS WITH DAYTIME HEATING AND INTENSE SUNSHINE.
TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMNEDED WITHOUT PROPER AVALANCHE TRAINING AND RESCUE GEAR. CAUTIOUS ROUTE-FINDING AND CONSERVATIVE DECISION-MAKING ARE ESSENTIAL. THIS AVALANCHE BULLETIN IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY APRIL 3RD THROUGH MIDNIGHT SUNDAY APRIL 5TH, 2015. THIS IS A BACKCOUNTRY BULLETIN AND DOES NOT INCLUDE SKI AREAS, HIGHWAYS, OR RAILROADS.
Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center
PO Box 129 Girdwood, AK 99587
Hotline 907/754-2369 Voice 907/783-3242 Fax 907/783-2094
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