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Mon, October 22nd, 2018 - 7:00AM
Tue, October 23rd, 2018 - 7:00AM
The Bottom Line

WELCOME to the 2018/2019 winter season!!

After a long summer break, the CNFAIC is getting ready for another fantastic winter season! Doors will open at the Avalanche Center on October 29th, with all staff returning. We will be issuing intermittent snow and avalanche updates as conditions warrant through mid-November. Daily avalanche forecasts are planned to begin during Thanksgiving weekend – unless we are blessed with abundant early season snowfall demanding an earlier start.  

Early season folks:  Please send us your snow/avalanche reports so we can post them on our observation page! Simply click ‘submit observation’ under the Observation tab above. This is a huge benefit for the community and our forecasters.    A few folks have been up to Hatcher Pass sliding on the snow, see the most recent reports  HERE. Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for our most up to date information.

Remember, early season avalanches happen.
A very shallow snowpack with rocks protruding can give us a false sense of security. As we embark on this season, let’s remember to be aware and prepared, returning to the parking lot and our family and friends is #1.

This is a great time to make sure your avalanche rescue gear is in order. This means:
–   Your shovel and probe assemble properly and no parts are rusted and/or worn out.
–    Your beacon has fresh batteries and your terminals are not corroded.
–   Brush up on how to use your avalanche beacon – turn it on, does it pick up another beacon properly and vice versa?  
–   And, don’t forget to check out the  upcoming avalanche courses  in your area!  


Friday November 9th

6th Annual Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop

9am – 4:30pm,  Alaska Pacific University’s Atwood Bldg.  Join us for the 6th annual SAAW. Alaska’s Southcentral avalanche community will team up with snow professionals from around the region, Southeast Alaska and Idaho to share knowledge and stories. This is a ‘must attend’ event for avalanche professionals and an excellent way for recreational backcountry users to delve into advanced avalanche topics!  

Pre-registration closes on Thursday, November 8th at 6pm. After that, you can get tickets for $20 at the door between 8:30 and 9am.  Lunch, coffee, snacks and a post workshop ‘beer social’ is included. Full schedule and registration  HERE.

Thursday, Nov 15th

Beartooth CNFAIC Fall Fundraiser:   Hope for Snow!

8 – 11pm, Beartooth Theater Pub & Grill.    A slightly different format this year with short stories and live music. SNOW STORIES by:

· Wendy Wagner
· Roman Dial
· Blaine Smith


Tickets are $20 and will be available starting Oct. 23 at the Beartooth website and box office.  

Wednesday, Nov 21st

Snowmachine throwback film fundraiser – “2 Stroke Cold Smoke”!

7 – 10pm, 49th State Brewing Co Anchorage. Kick off the riding season, connect with CNFAIC and learn about snowmachine specific avalanche awareness/course opportunities with a ‘throwback film’ night!!    

$20 tickets available soon online and at local snowmachine dealerships. More details coming soon!


Photo:   Tincan webcam image from AK DOT Turnagain Pass RWIS road camera.
Looking Northeast from Turnagain Pass on Saturday, October 20th.


Photos:   Seattle Ridge webcam on Turnagain Pass – looking South toward Johnson Pass.  

October 20th – Friday’s storm brought snow to 2,300′                                 October 21st – warm weather melting mid-elevation snow


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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:

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