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Wed, November 20th, 2019 - 7:00AM
Thu, November 21st, 2019 - 7:00AM
Conditions Summary

Over the weekend a little snow actually made it to sea level. Girdwood had a few inches in town while Turnagain Pass at road level (1000′) only received a half an inch of snow. Upper elevations (above 2500′) received around a 1′ of snow. Late Friday night also brought stronger easterly winds with gusts into the 50s. Taking a look around Turnagain Pass on Monday showed a thin snow cover with obvious wind scouring. Warming temperatures Tuesday shifted snow to rain and brought strong easterly winds to the region again. The warming trend is forecast to continue with snow level around 3000′ today. Thursday there is hope for more snow and the weather pattern looks to remain active into the next week. Overall uncertainty remains while we wait to see where cold air and moisture will actually meet. Longer range models seem to have a promising outlook for cooler temperatures and precipitation. Stay tuned! If you are venturing out remember the upper elevations now have a few different layers of snow that may not be bonding well together and there has been some significant wind loading. Please check out this recent observation from Jewel Glacier. Look for signs of instability and ease into terrain. Please don’t be an early season avalanche statistic! 

West face of Magnum, 11/18

Rookie Hill and Seattle Ridge, 11/18

Strong NE winds and rising temperatures on Sunburst 11/19.

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Wed, November 20th, 2019
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Riding Areas
Updated Thu, April 01st, 2021

Status of riding areas across the Chugach NF is managed by the Glacier and Seward Ranger Districts, not avalanche center staff. Riding area information is posted as a public service to our users and updated based on snow depth and snow density to prevent resource damage at trailhead locations. Riding area questions contact: mailroom_r10_chugach@fs.fed.us

Area Status Weather & Riding Conditions
Glacier District
Johnson Pass
No parking in turnaround at end of the road near the outhouse.
Placer River
Please do not ride along Railroad tracks. Cross tracks at 90 degree angle and clear the right of way.
Skookum Drainage
The Skookum Valley is closed to snowmachines. This closure occurs annually on April 1 as per the CNF Forest Plan.
Turnagain Pass
Please do not ride along Railroad tracks. Cross tracks at 90 degree angle and clear the right of way.
Seward District
Carter Lake
Lost Lake Trail
Primrose Trail
Resurrection Pass Trail
Closed for the 2020/21 winter season.
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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.