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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: 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: Happy New Year from Valdez Avalanche Center Newsletter

  • AIARE Avalanche Level 1 course in Valdez January 29-31, 2016  Learn more…
  • AIARE Avalanche Level 2 course in Valdez March 3-6, 2016  Learn more…
  • Introduction to Avalanche Class in Glennallen Feb.2, 2016 Learn more…
  • AIARE Avalanche Level 1 course in Glennallen Feb.2-4, 2016 Learn more…



Welcome Valdez Avalanche Center 2016 intern Kyle Sobek

Valdez Avalanche Center 2015-16 staff: Kevin Salys, Sarah Carter, Taylor Brown, Pete Carter, 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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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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