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:
- April 17-19, 2015 Mountain Man Hill Climb at Thompson Pass. For info go to the Valdez Snowmachine Club Facebook page.
- April 3-12, 2015 Tailgate Alaska. Mountain skills training every afternoon 4-5pm. MP 29 Richardson Hwy. Thanks to Mark Sullivan and his crew who made it happen. Many of you came out to the Mountain Skills classes and learned lots. Lets do it again next year!
- Beacon and Eggs – April 4, 10am Beacon Training, 11:30am Egg Hunt. Family avalanche safety fun at Salmon Berry Ski Hill was a success! Thanks to all who volunteered and the families who participated.
- Thanks 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!
- 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 2014-15 staff
- 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>
- 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.
- 2013-2014 Seasonal Snowfall
- 2013-2014 Valdez Avalanche Center Season Summary
- 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 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.