Avalanche Size Ratings

While waiting for the avalanche gates to open at 12-Mile yesterday, I was asked about avalanche ratings and it seems like a good topic as we wait for the clouds to clear.  In a previous forecast I had mentioned the likelihood of “D2’s during the current storm cycle. Rating the sizes of recent avalanches takes a keen eye and knowledge […]

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Avalanche Warning Statement – Issued December 28, 2015/1700

Effective 12/29-1500 through 12-31-0600.  Models and NWS discussion forecasts are aligned for a CONSIDERABLE AVALANCHE HAZARD to develop Tuesday night with the second of two lows bringing an abundance of precipitation as snow at higher elevations and rain at lower elevations. Of particular concern Wednesday morning is a rapid rise in SE winds to near 70 along higher elevations along with […]

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Valdez Ski And Avalanche Report – December 10, 2015 – Sugarloaf

SKI/AVALANCHE – With Thompson Pass recovering from winds to 50mph and temps to -7F, obviously stability issues have developed over the past few days. Snowpack retention remains excellent with very little scouring of our deep upper mountain snowpack. Mid-mountain protected areas of course will hold some patches of powder but expect some slab issues to assess. Today seemed like a […]

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