Wed, November 17, 2021

Recording for the 2021 Southcentral AK Avalanche Workshop is up!

If you missed the Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop (SAAW 2021) last Friday, the recording is up! More details about who and when folks are speaking can be found at  It can make it a bit easier when navigating through this 4.5 hour youtube vid.  

Thu, November 11, 2021

CNFAIC has a new Forecaster!

Join us in welcoming John Sykes onto the Chugach NF Avalanche Center's forecast team!! We are so thrilled to have John on board, starting up this week in fact, and look forward to taking advantage of his wide array of skills and knowledge. John comes from Anchorage and has roamed Alaska's mountains for nearly 15 years; oh, and he is also finishing up a PhD in Avalanche Research! See more about John in his bio below. Welcome John - and...

Sun, September 26, 2021

Winter is on its way!

The days are getting shorter and the mountains whiter...that must mean the 2021/22 winter season is near! Here are a few early season updates from the Chugach NF Avalanche Center: The Avalanche Center will begin issuing intermittent snow, weather and avalanche updates as conditions warrant from mid/late October through mid November. Daily avalanche forecasts are planned to begin around Thanksgiving week – pending an unseasonable chilly fall, which might demand an earlier start. Early season skier/boarder/hikers/hunters/and anyone getting out in...

Tue, April 27, 2021

Tips for Navigating the Backcountry in the Springtime

Spring has made a dramatic appearance in Southcentral Alaska, which means we are in the midst of a transition from a winter snowpack to a warm and wet spring snowpack. Managing springtime avalanche problems can be tricky, with conditions often changing from stable to dangerous within a matter of hours. Some of the factors contributing to the unique set of challenges in the springtime– long days and warmer temperatures– also make this one of the best times of the year...

Fri, April 16, 2021

Springtime Avalanche Hazard – News Release, April 16, 2021

Unseasonably warm temperatures over the Chugach National Forest are creating dangerous avalanche conditions during hot and sunny afternoons/evenings. We have issued a SPECIAL AVALANCHE BULLETIN through the National Weather Service that will be in effect through Sunday, April 18th. This bulletin may be extended pending weather conditions. Natural avalanches are expected to release naturally on southerly facing slopes at all elevations during the afternoons and evenings when sunshine is rapidly warming the snowpack. Debris may be large enough to run...