Welcome to the Valdez Avalanche Center
Forecasts in November will be updated as conditions warrant.
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:
- Winter has arrived! Get excited for your winter adventures…
- Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding course November 27-29 at PWSC. Register 834-1600.
- The Hunt for Zipper Mouth Creek : a social media tool to raise awareness and educate the motorized community about the importance of avalanche prevention. YOUR kickstarter support will make it happen!
- Announcing the launch of The Avalanche Project. We are proud to support this initiative that collaborates industry promoting safety messaging.
- Valdez Avalanche Level 1 class begins October 27 at PWSC. Register 834-1600.
- Valdez Snowmachine Club Facebook page has updates on events.
- Gain avalanche skills and know-how by taking a class: find avalanche classes offered throughout Alaska
- 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.
- 2014-15 summary of weather / snowpack stability <here> and snowfall chart <here>
- 2014-15 VAC membership mting May 5 report
- 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.