Share your feedback! Share your feedback!

How’s our new website?
How can we better serve you?

Turnagain Pass Avalanche Forecast RSS

Archives
ARCHIVED FORECAST - All forecasts expire after 24 hours from the posting date/time.
Issued
Sun, November 30th, 2014 - 7:00AM
Expires
Mon, December 1st, 2014 - 7:00AM
Forecaster
Wendy Wagner
The Bottom Line

The avalanche danger remains generally LOW in the Alpine and Treeline elevations. Pockets of MODERATE danger are possible at the upper elevation ridgelines due to an increase in Northwesterly winds overnight which may have formed wind slabs 4-8″ thick. Watch for these on predominantly East and South aspects (For example: the East face of Seattle Ridge).

Below treeline there is only a dusting of 2-3″ of snow covering the ground and No Rating exists. Early season hazards remain, such as rocks, stumps and glide cracks (these will be more obscured today by the new snow from yesterday).

The next advisory will be Tuesday, December 2nd at 7am.

Avalanche Outlook for tomorrow, Monday December 1st: Increasing avalanche danger possible by late Monday.
Early Monday morning another winter storm will start streaming into Southcentral Alaska. There is 1-3″ of snow expected Monday with light to moderate Easterly winds which will keep the danger generally LOW for the daylight hours. Avalanche danger is expected to increase Monday night into Tuesday with continued snowfall and wind.

Thanks to our sponsors!
Sun, November 30th, 2014
Alpine
Above 2,500'
Low (1)
Avalanche risk
Treeline
1,000'-2,500'
Low (1)
Avalanche risk
Below Treeline
Below 1,000'
No Rating (0)
Avalanche risk
Alpine
Above 2,500'
Avalanche risk
Low (1)
Treeline
1,000'-2,500'
Avalanche risk
Low (1)
Below Treeline
Below 1,000'
Avalanche risk
No Rating (0)
Danger Scale:
No Rating (0)
Low (1)
Moderate (2)
Considerable (3)
High (4)
Extreme (5)
Avalanche Problem 1
  • Normal Caution
    Normal Caution
Normal Caution
Normal Caution means triggering an avalanche is unlikely but not impossible.
More info at Avalanche.org

It was a welcome sight for many yesterday to see snow falling across most of Southcentral Alaska! Turnagain Pass picked up 3-4″ of low density snow with very little wind and no avalanche activity was seen or reported. Today, we should be greeted with mostly clear skies and chilly temperatures, in the teens. The wind, however, is a bit of a wild card.

WIND SLABS:
Overnight the ridgetop Northwesterly winds bumped up to averages in the teens with gusts to 25-33mph. This doesn’t sound like a whole lot of wind, but with 6-10″ of light snow on the surface, it could have easily blown this snow into drifts and slabs. If you are getting out today into the upper elevations watch for areas with stiff wind deposited snow. Is the snow cracking around you? Does it feel stiff and hollow? Quick hand pits to check for harder snow over softer snow in the top foot of the snowpack are also good ways to look for wind slabs.

SLUFFS:
Sluffing in the top 3-6″ of loose snow is possible on steep, >40 degree, slopes.

EARLY SEASON CONCERNS:
Keep in mind that hazards due to low snow cover (rocks, alders, etc.) remain a concern and they could be harder to see with the new snow.

Photo below: One of countless glide cracks on the slopes of the popular Tincan Trees. These are opening up a little more each day.

Weather
Sun, November 30th, 2014

A quick moving disturbance passed by yesterday blanketing the mountains with 3-4″ of low density snow. The snow came in with ridgetop winds from the Northwest 5-10mph. Overnight, skies have cleared and temperatures have dropped to the teens F. The Northwesterly winds increased early this morning to 10-15mph with gusts to 33mph yet have died back down.

Today is short break between storms. We could see another bump in wind from the Northwest into the 15mph zone. Skies should remain mostly clear and temperatures in the teens.

Monday we will see the onset of a more potent storm that looks to hit most of Southcentral in phases through the middle part of the week. A result of all the snow dances and sacrifices to Ullr…? We can expect cloud cover to increase and 1-3″ of snow by Monday evening with winds shifting to the South and East increasing to the 20mph range. Tuesday and Wednesday look to be the brunt of this storm. Models are suggesting by Wednesday evening Turnagain Pass could see 8-12+” of snow. Stay tuned!

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

  Temp Avg (F) Snow (in) Water (in) Snow Depth (in)
Center Ridge (1880′) 24   3   0.2   19  
Summit Lake (1400′) 21   3   0.2   3  
Alyeska Mid (1700′) 24   2   0.17   8  

RIDGETOP 24-hour data (6am – 6am)

  Temp Avg (F) Wind Dir Wind Avg (mph) Wind Gust (mph)
Sunburst (3812′)  19  NW  6 25  
Seattle Ridge (2400′)   20    N  9   33  
Observations
Recent Observations for Turnagain Pass
Date Region Location
05/06/20 Turnagain Avalanche: Pastoral Peak, north face
04/10/20 Turnagain Avalanche: Wolverine
04/10/20 Turnagain Observation: Eddies lookers right shoulder
04/09/20 Turnagain Observation: Bench Peak
04/04/20 Turnagain Observation: Tincan
04/04/20 Turnagain Observation: Pete’s North
03/26/20 Turnagain Avalanche: Tincan – Proper (SW facing)
03/26/20 Turnagain Avalanche: Seattle Ridge
03/25/20 Turnagain Avalanche: Sunburst Uptrack @ 2000′
03/24/20 Turnagain Observation: Turnagain – Road Observations
Riding Areas
Updated Mon, October 26th, 2020

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
Closed
Placer River
Closed
Skookum Drainage
Closed
Turnagain Pass
Closed
Twentymile
Closed
Seward District
Carter Lake
Closed
Lost Lake Trail
Closed
Primrose Trail
Closed
Resurrection Pass Trail
Closed
Snug Harbor
Closed
South Fork Snow River Corridor
Closed
Summit Lake
Closed

Subscribe to Turnagain Pass
Avalanche Forecast by Email

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.