Welcome to the Valdez Avalanche Center

VAC Forecast AreaAvalanche 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. 




Valdez Civic Center Tickets at the door.



  • January 9-11, 2015 AIARE Avalanche Level 1: Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain course in Valdez. 1 space left. Register Now.
  • March 6-9, 2015 AIARE Avalanche Level 2: Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard course in Valdez at PWSCC. 834-1600 to register.
  • winter project flyer small webThanks to the Hybrid Color Film crew who shared WINTER PROJECT to benefit avalanche education scholarships. Thanks everyone in Valdez who came out for the show!
  • Thanks to all who came out to Jeremy Jones’ HIGHER film. Proceeds benefit avalanche education scholarships.
  • This is the year! Gain avalanche skills and know-how by taking a class: find avalanche classes offered throughout Alaska 
  • Welcome back Valdez Avalanche Center staff Kevin Salys and Monica Morin for the 2014-15 season.
  • 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>
  • New high elevation weather station <here> at 6600 feet above the Valdez Glacier <here>
  • Valdez Avalanche Center forecaster Kevin Salys checking out the Damalanche debris in May. <here>

sidney avalanche science fair

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.

  • 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 ValdezChuting Valdez – Steep backcountry skiing in and around Valdez by Aaron Brown. $15
          • Alaska Backcountry Skiing Valdez & Thompson Pass by Matt Kinney.  $15.95 


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 become 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.

Thank you!

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The Alaska Avalanche Information Center (AAIC) networks avalanche practitioners across Alaska providing avalanche forecasts and safety education. AAIC promotes the exchange of snow stability observations and supports the Anchorage Avalanche Center, the Cordova Avalanche Center, the Haines Avalanche Center, the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center and the Valdez Avalanche Center.

PO Box 911 Valdez, Alaska 99686 907.255.2241