|Travel Advice||Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.||Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.||Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding, and conservative decision-making essential.||Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended.||Extraordinarily dangerous avalanche conditions. Avoid all avalanche terrain.|
|Likelihood of Avalanches||Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.||Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.||Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely.||Natural avalanches likely; human-triggered avalanches very likely.||Natural and human-triggered avalanches certain.|
|Avalanche Size and Distribution||Small avalanches in isolated areas or extreme terrain.||Small avalanches in specific areas; or large avalanches in isolated areas.||Small avalanches in many areas; or large avalanches in specific areas; or very large avalanches in isolated areas.||Large avalanches in many areas; or very large avalanches in specific areas.||Very large avalanches in many areas.|
Sustained mild temperatures have helped to destabilize the snowpack over the past several days. Overnight refreezing has occurred, but is likely only superficial. As a result there are several ways in which snow can release today in the Alpine:
Both natural and human triggered wet loose avalanches are likely on slopes over 40º in steepness. Volume of these will be generally low but will increase on sustained steep slopes.
While this is not a widespread problem, we observed several glide releases yesterday on the South side of Tincan ridge (see photo below). A shed cycle of sorts has begun in certain areas such as this. Exposure to the sun will increase the chances of full depth wet slabs releasing today.
Yesterday my partner and I unintentionally triggered a very large section of cornice on Sunburst ridge (see photo below). More details HERE. This is a great example of why it is critical to give these behemoths an extra wide berth. If you are unsure of where the terrain ends and the cornice begins, move to where you are certain that there is ground beneath you.
Warming will be gradual today as we will be under cloudy skies for the majority of the day. Despite this, there is still a lot of heat contained within the snowpack. Keeping slope angles on the low end on all aspects and avoiding cornices will be important ingredients for managing these avalanche concerns in the mountains today.
Over the past 24 hours the mountains around Eastern Turnagain Arm have experienced mild temps, cloudy to sunny skies and occasional rain showers.
Today light Northerly flow will keep skies cloudy and bring a chance of light rain/snow. The sun will make an occasional appearance throughout the day. Rain snow line will be around the 2,500′ level. Winds will be Northwest at 10-15 mph. Temperatures at 1,000′ will climb into the mid 40s F.
The extended outlook is calling for a continuation of unsettled weather bringing mild temps, cloudy skies and showery activity.
|Temp Avg (F)||Snow (in)||Water (in)||Snow Depth (in)|
|Center Ridge (1880′)||40||0||0||67|
|Summit Lake (1400′)||39||0||0||11|
|Alyeska Mid (1700′)||37||0||0||41|
|Temp Avg (F)||Wind Dir||Wind Avg (mph)||Wind Gust (mph)|
|Seattle Ridge (2400′)||29||var||13||29|
|11/27/23||Turnagain||Avalanche: Tincan Ridge||Schauer/ Stiassny Forecaster|
|11/26/23||Turnagain||Observation: Road report: Slide with dirt on Repeat offender||Anonymous|
|11/26/23||Turnagain||Observation: Pete’s North||Ben Sullender|
|11/25/23||Turnagain||Observation: Tincan trees||John Sykes Forecaster|
|11/21/23||Observation: Spokane Creek||John Sykes Forecaster|
|11/19/23||Turnagain||Observation: Magnum – PMS Bowl||Schauer/ Cullen/ Jonas Forecaster|
|11/19/23||Other Regions||Observation: Sunnyside/Penguin||Jose Ramos-Leon|
|11/19/23||Turnagain||Observation: Eddies||Andy Moderow|