OK: Today’s educational theme is GET THE FORECAST and it’s the third of the five GETS! Know Before You Go video link.
Up here in Alaska there are many areas that do not have an avalanche forecast, so know if you are going to an area with a forecast and make sure to check it! Know the forecast zone and don’t assume the danger will be the same outside of this zone. A map for the Turnagain Pass zone is on the home page of this website. Other forecast products close to Anchorage are: Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center and the Valdez Avalanche Center.
If you have read this far, you’re probably familiar with the North American Danger Scale – or at least the 5 colors associated with the ‘danger rating’. What do they all mean and how do avalanche forecasters come up with the danger each day? If you’ve ever wondered this, check out the video below from the National Avalanche Center:
With all the fine print in the danger scale, what column is most important? The TRAVEL ADVICE. This is your best tool when planning your outing for the day.
And last, have you ever wondered what danger rating most avalanche fatalities occur? These fatal days are often the first day or two after a storm when skies clear but the snowpack has not yet adjusted to the new snow load.
|05/06/20||Turnagain||Avalanche: Pastoral Peak, north face||Andy Duenow|
|04/10/20||Turnagain||Avalanche: Wolverine||Mike Records|
|04/10/20||Turnagain||Observation: Eddies lookers right shoulder||Matt Yoder|
|04/09/20||Turnagain||Observation: Bench Peak||Mike Records|
|04/04/20||Turnagain||Observation: Pete’s North||Anonymous|
|03/26/20||Turnagain||Avalanche: Tincan – Proper (SW facing)||CNFAIC Staff|
|03/26/20||Turnagain||Avalanche: Seattle Ridge||W Wagner Forecaster|
|03/25/20||Turnagain||Avalanche: Sunburst Uptrack @ 2000′||J. Boisvert|
|03/24/20||Turnagain||Observation: Turnagain – Road Observations||W Wagner Forecaster|
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: email@example.com
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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.