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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: Can  you recognize avalanche terrain? Can you recognize signs of unstable snow? 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. 


  • Thanks to all you who contributed observations and volunteer time to help this season be a fun and safe winter! Forecasts will begin again in October or November as conditions warrant.
  • 2015-16 VAC annual membership meeting minutes May 3, 2016 and year end report
  • How much do you value your local avalanche forecast? Avalanche Center membership: if you have not renewed your membership, please consider the value of avalanche information and education – Sugarloaf membership is only $35/year. If you used the avalanche forecast this winter, it works out to 20 cents a day for information that could save your life!! You could go big and kick down for Meteorite, Dimond, or Mt.Billy Mitchell levels!
  • Big thanks to the Eagles Hall, Jesse Cross, Apex, Ryan McCune, Michael Holcombe and all who made the Spring Fling April 14 fun. Congratulations to the avalanche trivia winners: Emmie Swanson, Marie, AJ, Mark Swanson, and Dean Willi.
  • Hill Climb, Thompson Pass, April 15-17, 2016 Congratulations to all the participants and volunteers who made this year’s event happen.
  • Tailgate Alaska, Thompson Pass MP 30 April 1-10, 2016 Thanks to all those who attended the daily mountain skills classes at Tailgate. We’ll see you next year!
  • Complete the DNR survey for Thompson Pass use <here>.
  • Trevor Gram’s awesome Thompson Pass map. Nice work Trevor!



Welcome Valdez Avalanche Center 2016 intern Kyle Sobek

Valdez Avalanche Center 2015-16 staff: Kevin Salys, Sarah Carter, Pete Carter, Ryan Chalker, Ben Stolen and intern Kyle Sobek

Kevin Salys in the field

  • New NOAA NWS weather product: daily spot forecast for Thompson Pass <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.
  • Many thanks to the City of Valdez and all our community supporters!

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Past Season Stuff:

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 Eastern Alaska Range Avalanche Center, the Haines Avalanche Center, the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center and the Valdez Avalanche Center.

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