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Welcome to the Valdez Avalanche Center

VAC Forecast AreaAvalanche information from the Port of Valdez to Milepost 65 on the Richardson Highway.

Public observations are encouraged and aid the accuracy of bulletins.

NEWS and EVENTS:

  • Kevin Salys, Valdez Avalanche Center forecaster, was checking out the Damalanche debris in May. This is what he saw. 
  • Thanks to all those who made 2013-14 a fun and safe season. See the 2013-14 Season Report <here>. Summer travel on snow requires mountaineering know-how and thorough observation skills. Bulletins will again be available in October.

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.

  • 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 ValdezChuting 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>

  • 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. (Safety messaging developed by Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.)

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.

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