Welcome to the Valdez Avalanche Center
Avalanche information for the Port of Valdez to Milepost 65 on the Richardson Highway.
Public observations are encouraged and aid the accuracy of bulletins in our data-sparse region.
GET the GEAR: Ensure everyone has an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe on their person and hows how to use them.
GET the Training: Take an avalanche course.
GET the Forecast: Make a riding plan based on the current avalanche and weather forecast.
GET the Picture: If you see recent avalanche activity, unstable snow exists. Riding on or underneath steep slopes is dangerous.
GET out of Harm’s Way: Don’t go to help your stuck friend. One at a time on all avalanche slopes. Don’t group up in runout zones.
NEWS and EVENTS:
- Winter is beginning – formal forecasts will begin when conditions warrant, late October or early November. Until then, use the OBSERVATION page to share what you see.
- November 22, 2014 Kick off winter with the Valdez premiere of Jeremy Jones’ HIGHER new film. 7pm Valdez Civic Center. $10 admission. Door prizes. Proceeds benefit avalanche education scholarships.
- November 22, 2014 Winter Gear Swap at PWSCC
- November 29, 2014 premiere of Hybrid Color Film’s WINTER PROJECT snowmachine film made possible by Kickstarter. 6pm. Valdez Civic Center. $10 admission. Door prizes. Proceeds benefit avalanche education scholarships.
- Do you and your family ride snowmachines? Do you want to take your skills to the next level? Participate in a rider’s safety clinic focusing on avalanche skills, machine preparedness, and riding instruction. TBA 2015.
- New NOAA NWS weather product: daily spot forecast for Thompson Pass <here>
- Valdez Avalanche Center forecaster Kevin Salys checking out the Damalanche debris in May. <here>
Sidney Sprague-Brenteson presented her 2014 science fair project on avalanches. From their home in Minnesota, Sidney and her family visited Valdez a few winters ago. While here, they learned about avalanche safety with the Valdez Avalanche Center.
- Thank you BIG FAT BUDDHA, Paul, Maggie, Steve, and all those who made April 5th’s benefit a success.
- Friend and former Valdez heli-ski guide died following Haines avalanche March 15, 2014.
- New high elevation weather station <here> at 6600 feet above the Valdez Glacier <here>
- Prepare for winter backcountry adventures with your local avalanche bulletin – now available by smart phone. Download either the iOS or Android version of the app for free <here>. Check out our community’s snow observations. Share what you see out there – it helps us all LIVE TO RIDE ANOTHER DAY.
- Thanks to the City of Valdez and all our community supporters!
- Looking for guidebooks?
- Chuting Valdez – Steep backcountry skiing in and around Valdez by Aaron Brown. Available here – $15
- Alaska Backcountry Skiing Valdez & Thompson Pass by Matt Kinney. Available here – $15.95
- Project Zero (avalanche fatalities) Know the Snow video contest <here>
- 2013-2014 Seasonal Snowfall
- Thompson Pass Mile Posts and Common Terrain Names
- Valdez and Thompson Pass ski runs map <here>
Share your observations. Learn from your friends. Improve the bulletin. Stay informed.
Be a member: Supporters, Donors, and Sponsors. If you use the avalanche bulletin and/or benefit from avalanche education opportunities in our community, please consider becoming a member. If you aren’t in the position to make a financial donation, we are always looking for volunteers to help at local events.