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Thu, November 28th, 2019 - 7:00AM
Fri, November 29th, 2019 - 7:00AM
Conditions Summary

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is day two of the winter storm impacting the forecast area. Avalanche danger is rising across the region. The Chugach National Foreast Avalanche Information Center will issue the first forecast of the season with a danger rating tomorrow morning! Today is a great day to eat turkey with friends and family and stay dry! Here are some precipitation numbers for the past 24hrs. Alyeska Mid Mountain (1700′): 16″ of new snow and 2.12″ of SWE, Turnagain Pass Center Ridge Snotel (1880′): 7″ of new snow,  1.0″ of SWE, Summit Lake Snowtel (1400′): 5″, 0.8 SWE and 1.49″ of SWE in Portage. The forecast for today is for another inch of water (10-20″ of snow) with the snow line around 1500′, maybe creeping up to 2500′ tonight. Easterly winds have been in the 30-40s (mph) gusting as high as 80 yesterday. Winds are forecast to remain strong today into tonight.   A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Turnagain Pass. Check out the observation from Tincan yesterday. The winds were already moving snow around and starting to create wind slabs. There is plenty of snow available for transport and as stated before expect avalanche danger to rise as the storm continues.  Please have a safe and happy holiday and think cold thoughts, #snowtosealevel!

Snow starting to stiffen and crack around 3 pm yesterday. Tincan 2200′

Wind slab in the snowpit 2500′

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Thu, November 28th, 2019
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Riding Areas
Updated Fri, January 06th, 2023

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

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Johnson Pass
Opened Dec 13th.
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Closed Jan 5th due to lack of snow (holiday storms rained away the snow at sea level).
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Closed Jan 5th due to lack of snow (holiday storms rained away the snow at sea level).
Turnagain Pass
Opened Dec 13th.
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Seward District
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Opened Dec 13th.
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Opened Dec 13th.
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Closed to motorized use for the 2022/23 winter season per Forest Plan. Open next season.
Snug Harbor
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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.