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Wed, October 5th, 2022 - 7:00AM
Thu, October 6th, 2022 - 7:00AM
Conditions Summary

Winter 2023 is Coming…

The days are getting shorter, the mountains whiter, and early season events are lining up!

Upcoming Events:

Oct 20, 7pm: MSP Ski Film!

  • MatchStick Productions – “Anywhere from Here”
    Showing Thursday, October 20 at 7pm at the West Anchorage High School Auditorium.
    Doors open 30min prior.
    Tickets HERE ($20 in advance and $25 at the door).



Oct 27, 830pm: Snow Stories 4.0 – Annual BearTooth Avalanche Center Fundraiser!

  • Get stoked for the winter with Friends of Chugach Avalanche Center!
    Featured speakers will be serving up stories of adventure, with some lessons learned along the way.
    Tickets and details at HERE.



Nov 4, 9am-430pm: SAAW (Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop)

  • Annual snow science workshop geared for Alaska’s snow professionals and public backcountry users alike.
    Details and registration at akavalancheworkshop.org




Chugach NF Avalanche Center early season operations:

  • The Avalanche Center will begin issuing intermittent snow, weather and avalanche updates as conditions warrant from late October 2022 through mid November.
  • Daily avalanche forecasts are planned to begin Thanksgiving week.

Early season conditions:

  • Early season avalanches happen and can catch us off guard.
    • Watch for those famous signs of instability – the Red Flags (recent avalanches, cracking/whumpfing in the snow, strong wind, snowfall and/or rain).
    • Heading into the mountains during, or right after, a snowfall is the most dangerous time. This is when avalanches are most likely to occur; especially important to realize for hunters and others that may not have avalanches in the forefront of their minds.
  • This is a great time to get out your avalanche rescue gear and be sure it’s working properly (beacon, probe, shovel and airbag if you have one).
  • And please, send us your reports if you head into the mountains! It’s easy – even just a photo is greatly appreciated.

*REMEMBER, the best way to keep tabs on current events/information for the early season is on our Facebook page and Instagram!!*

Falls Creek from the air on September 27th. Snow line roughly 4,500′.

A fuzzy Goat Mountain, seen Oct 4th, from our longtime supporter’s driveway – Girdwood Brewing Company! Thanks to Carolyn Seramur for the photo.

Wed, October 5th, 2022




PRECIPITATION 24-hour data (6am – 6am)

Temp Avg (F) Snow (in) Water (in) Snow Depth (in)
Center Ridge (1880′)
Summit Lake (1400′)
Alyeska Mid (1700′)
Bear Valley (132′)

RIDGETOP 24-hour data (6am – 6am)

Temp Avg (F) Wind Dir Wind Avg (mph) Wind Gust (mph)
Sunburst (3812′)
Seattle Ridge (2400′)
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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.