Wed, August 09, 2023

Avalanche Specialist for the Anchorage area – Apply by Aug 25!

Exciting news! A new avalanche specialist position has just been created for the Anchorage area mountains. This is a combined effort by the Chugach State Park and Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center. For more information and to apply: Chugach State Park Avalanche Specialist / Professional Observer  

Fri, April 21, 2023

The Avalanche Center in HIRING!

Big changes are on the horizon for the Chugach NF Avalanche Center. Up to two new avalanche specialists are being hired to assist with avalanche forecasting and outreach for the Kenai Peninsula as well as one avalanche specialist/professional observer to be hired for the Anchorage Front Range (Chugach State Park). Exciting news! The Seward Ranger District has pushed hard to have two new forecasters added to the Chugach NF Avalanche Center staff. The goal is to better cover high use...

Thu, April 06, 2023

How are we doing?

We're looking for your input! We've made some changes to the forecast this year, and we are curious to hear how well it has worked for everybody. Specifically, you may have noticed we started using a new icon, the Problem Rose, to illustrate where a given avalanche problem is most likely to be found. We want to know if you all found this addition helpful. We're also interested in learning how and where people find their avalanche info. There is...

Wed, March 08, 2023

Interpreting Stability Tests

ECTP29? PST 45/100 end? CT13? What does it all mean? For some time now we've been wanting to create a 'cheat sheet' for those unfamiliar, or may want a little reminder, of what the jumble of letters and numbers mean in a lot of the snowpack observations we share. These are codes for snowpit test results and are professional tools that have been developed and standardized by the American Avalanche Association and the US Forest Service Avalanche Centers, along with...

Wed, November 23, 2022

The Avalanche Problem Rose

The problem rose is a new addition to our forecasts this season. Many avalanche centers in the lower 48 have been using this tool for a while now, and we are going to try adding it to our toolbox. Our plan is to try using the rose this season, then reassess at the end of the year and decide how well it worked. *We will need your feedback! Please send comments to The rose is structured by two main...