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The days are getting shorter and the mountains whiter…that must mean the 2021/22 winter season is near! Here are a few early season updates from the Chugach NF Avalanche Center: The Avalanche Center will begin issuing intermittent snow, weather and avalanche updates as conditions warrant from mid/late October through mid November. Daily avalanche forecasts are  [ Read More ]
Spring has made a dramatic appearance in Southcentral Alaska, which means we are in the midst of a transition from a winter snowpack to a warm and wet spring snowpack. Managing springtime avalanche problems can be tricky, with conditions often changing from stable to dangerous within a matter of hours. Some of the factors contributing  [ Read More ]
Unseasonably warm temperatures over the Chugach National Forest are creating dangerous avalanche conditions during hot and sunny afternoons/evenings. We have issued a SPECIAL AVALANCHE BULLETIN through the National Weather Service that will be in effect through Sunday, April 18th. This bulletin may be extended pending weather conditions. Natural avalanches are expected to release naturally on  [ Read More ]
The 2020/21 season has been a difficult year for avalanche fatalities in the U.S. As we enter the beginning of March, 33 people have died in 25 avalanche accidents. This is a grim number, already ranking as the 6th deadliest season since 1925/26 and on track to be the deadliest season since then if we  [ Read More ]
The preliminary report from the Bear Point avalanche accident has been posted. https://www.cnfaic.org/accidents/27764/ On February 2nd, three climbers ascending a 2,500 foot steep and narrow gully on the northwest face of Bear Point were caught, carried and partially buried in an avalanche that released near the top of the gully. All three climbers were killed.  [ Read More ]