Turnagain Pass Avalanche Forecast
This is Wendy Wagner with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center on Wednesday, November 2nd. The following is a quick discussion as snow begins to pile up in the mountains east of Anchorage and areas of the Kenai.
Between Saturday October 29th and Tuesday November 1st around 1-2 feet of low density snow has fallen in the Turnagain Pass area and CNFAIC Staff parts on the Kenai. Low visibility yesterday kept folks, and observations, below treeline. The Good news at Turnagain Pass is minor sluffing within the new snow was the primary concern and stability tests showed good bonding between the new and old snow surface. However, what is happening in CNFAIC Staff areas and above treeline on the steeper slopes is still suspect. Winds will (and likely did) have an easy time forming wind slabs and soft slabs prime for avalanches.
Looking forward into the latter part of the week, watch for easily triggerable soft slabs and wind slabs on and off ridgelines. Winds are forecast to increase and can increase the avalanche potential without new snowfall. There is plenty of snow to slide and shallow snowpacks are just as, if not more, dangerous than deep snowpacks.
Remember the basics; only one person on a slope at a time, don’t forget your beacon, shovel, and probe, travel with a partner and evaluate the snow conditions as you go. Double check all your gear is working properly, such as, get that beacon some new batteries and make sure your probe is not rusted shut. It’s time to get our avalanche eyeballs out!
We are headed into a brief high pressure as anCNFAIC Staff system is forecast to arrive later this week. Any new snow and wind will increase the avalanche danger.
This advisory will continue to be updated irregularly until we have the resources to resume a daily schedule. Check back for updates and keep sending us your observations from the backcountry.
|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.