Avalanche Danger Special Bulletin

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center in Girdwood AK has issued a Special Avalanche Bulletin in effect from 4 pm March 9 to 6 pm, Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Affected Area – Turnagain Pass and areas in and around Eastern Turnagain Arm, including the Kenai and Western Chugach Mountains.

Dangerous avalanche conditions will exist through the weekend due to two to four feet of snow that has fallen on an unstable base. Human triggered large avalanches are likely on slopes steeper than 30 degrees. Precautionary/Preparedness Actions include choosing terrain that is flat or less than 30 degrees in steepness, with nothing steeper above you. If skies clear for travel into the alpine elevations, careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision making skills will be necessary to identify and avoid unstable slopes.


Similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside the coverage area of any avalanche center.

Check for your closest avalanche center and to learn more about how to learn about how to identify avalanche hazards.

This Special Bulletin does not apply to ski areas or highways where avalanche reduction measures are performed.


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