With snow falling in copious amounts measured in feet, sugar-coating of the Valdez Mountains will continue above 3000′ through mid-week in Thompson Pass while rain and “glaciation” persist at lower elevations and Valdez.  Once again a ridge of high pressure along the backside of Southeast Alaska is putting us in the way of vigorous southeast flow for the rest of […]

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Ode To My Old Skis

Kind of a sad day as I retired my Black Dimond Drift skis which served me well over the last seasons of my guiding life.  Our monogamous relationship is rare in these times,  but we over came all sorts of difficulties, from weather to sastrugi. But nothing was better than the skin track we set which at times were frankly […]

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November Weather Trivia

While Valdez remains on pace for it’s driest year in history, we are also experiencing ansnowless November with 1.8″ of rain. Freezing rain has occurred which is rare for Valdez. In most years, November is very snowy, but can give way to a brutal snow drought in December.  The other thing missing from winter is a wind event. The reasons […]

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