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
Tue, October 18th, 2016 - 7:00AM
Expires
Wed, October 19th, 2016 - 7:00AM
Forecaster
CNFAIC Staff
The Bottom Line

WINTER HAS ARRIVED!!!!!  ARE YOU READY FOR THE 2016/17 SEASON??? Check out this observation from Turnagain Pass today.  

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center is gearing up and the snow in October is adding to the excitement. We have just had the second snowfall of the season (the first was in late September) and more is likely on the way. With this is mind, we wanted to remind folks about early season avalanche conditions and encourage you to attend a few upcoming events.  

Mark your calendars:

  • Friday, Nov 4th:  Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop  – Alaska’s regional professional workshop. ***NEW this year, the afternoon session is FREE (12:30-4:30pm) and geared for backcountry travelers!!***
  • 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!!!
  • Tuesday, Nov 8th:  Avalanche Awareness and navigating the CNFAIC website and tools.  
           6:30-8pm at Ski AK’s new location on Benson (same entry as the Trek bike shop) in Anchorage

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

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. Keep in mind the Crow Pass trail crosses several avalanche paths and even a small early season storm can produce slides that run over the trail. Heads up!

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!!!!

Thanks to our sponsors!
Tue, October 18th, 2016
Alpine
Above 2,500'
No Rating (0)
Avalanche risk
Treeline
1,000'-2,500'
No Rating (0)
Avalanche risk
Below Treeline
Below 1,000'
No Rating (0)
Avalanche risk
Alpine
Above 2,500'
Avalanche risk
No Rating (0)
Treeline
1,000'-2,500'
Avalanche risk
No Rating (0)
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)
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 Fri, May 01st, 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
Closed as of May 1. Thanks for a fun, safe season!
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.