Turnagain Pass Avalanche Forecast
General Early Season Advisory:
Still early season, 2-4 inches of snow at the highway elevation of 1000 ft. Tree line, at 1800 has 12-15 inches. The alpine has various amounts due to strong winds this week. I expect many areas of bare ground and CNFAIC Staffs with feet of wind loaded snow. We did see some surface hoar formation last week. Fairly insignificant but could form a weak layer under current and new snow.
There is certainly plenty of snow to start thinking avalanche safety. It only takes a couple inches to form dangerous conditions if the cards are stacked against you. Early season is the time to be super heads up for terrain features and terrain traps. Small slab avalanches could take you for a ride into gullies, creeks, or over cliffs and rocks.
Take the time to check over your rescue gear. Beacon, probe, and shovel – check. Practice and travel with an experienced partner.
Lots of great avalanche classes coming up. Look at our calendar. Fire side chats (free) start next week.
7 days a week advisories will start when we get more significant snow.
|05/22/23||Turnagain||Avalanche: Tincan||Nick D'Alessio|
|05/12/23||Turnagain||Avalanche: Tincan, Sunburst, Magnum, Cornbiscuit||Heather Thamm|
|05/07/23||Turnagain||Observation: Tincan – Bear Tracks||CNFAIC Staff|
|05/05/23||Turnagain||Observation: Seattle Ridge||AS/ WW Forecaster|
|05/02/23||Turnagain||Observation: Cornbiscuit||Schauer/ Sturgess Forecaster|
|05/02/23||Turnagain||Observation: Seward Hwy Turnagain Pass||Joel Curtis|
|04/30/23||Turnagain||Observation: Magnum||Ayla, Kit Crosby, Barton|
|04/29/23||Turnagain||Observation: Tincan||John Sykes|
|04/28/23||Turnagain||Avalanche: Taylor Pass/Pastoral||Schauer/ Creighton Forecaster|
|04/28/23||Turnagain||Avalanche: Tincan||Andy Moderow|
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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.