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Mon, September 26th, 2016 - 7:00AM
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Tue, September 27th, 2016 - 7:00AM
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CNFAIC Staff
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IS THE SNOW GETTING YOU EXCITED FOR THE 2016/17 WINTER SEASON???

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center is gearing up and the staff are heading to the International Snow Science Workshop in Breckenridge, Colorado next week. Since there is snow in the mountains we wanted to remind folks about early season avalanche conditions and encourage you to attend a few upcoming events.  

Add these to the calender:

            Thursday, October 13th, Ski Movie Night – Matchstick Productions: Ruin and Rose –  Get your stoke on while supporting avalanche education and forecasting.

             Friday, Nov 4th:  Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop  – Alaska’s regional professional workshop.

            Thursday, Nov 17th:    Friends of the CNFAIC Fall FUNdraiser  – Don’t miss this chance to support your  avalanche center and get inspired for the season listening to  Elyse  Saugstad’s ski adventures!!!

Stay tuned for more events, including our free awareness courses and Fireside Chats to be listed on our calendar page soon.  

We will begin issuing intermittent updates if the snow keeps falling on this page as well as posting on our Facebook and Instagram pages (Facebook link in the upper right corner and Instagram: @chugachavy). Full advisories with danger ratings will begin sometime in November or as snow and avalanche conditions warrant.

If you venture out remember if there is snow to ride there is snow to slide. There was a small fatal avalanche that caught and carried a skier over a large cliff in Banff National Park yesterday.  

Early season hazards:

Rocks, alders, crevasses and avalanches.  

What to clue into:

1)  Rapid changes in weather? This includes recent or current snowfall, wind, rain on snow and warm temperatures after a storm. One layer of snow can be a slab! What surface is the snow falling on?  

2) Recent avalanches in the past 1 or 2 days?

3) Cracking, collapsing, whumphing?

4) What are the consequences if the slope does slide? Will you go off a cliff? Into a crevasse? Over the rocks? Are there other terrain traps?

Check your rescue gear, put fresh batteries in your beacon, tune up your brain!  

Let us know what you see! Submit an observation or drop us a note staff@chugachavalanche.org!  

THINK COLD POWDER THOUGHTS FOR THIS SEASON!!!!

 

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