Avalanche Danger Remains VERY HIGH In Turnagain Pass Area

first_imgThe aftermath of a widespread natural avalanche cycle was seen today after several feet of snow and wind hammered the mountains over the past three days. Many of the crowns appear to be slightly covered up, but still very noticeable.Large crown seen on the backside of Seattle Ridge. This photo is looking from the Tesoro in Girdwood at the lower portion of 1st Bowl (Main Bowl).The Chugach Avalanche Information Center also took the opportunity to remind residents of the dangers of roof avalanches. New snow/rain loading with warming temperatures could cause roofs to continue to shed their snow. Pay special attention to children, pets and where you park your car. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The avalanche danger remains high due to another day of heavy snowfall and strong winds in the mountains surrounding Turnagain Pass, Girdwood Valley, Portage Valley, and areas on the Kenai including Summit Lake and the Seward/Lost Lake zone, according to the Chugach Avalanche Information Center. Dangerous avalanche conditions are expected on all slopes 30 degrees and steeper – including runout zones. Natural avalanches are likely and human triggered avalanches are very likely.  Travel in avalanche terrain is NOT recommended. Areas with steep slopes above should be avoided, such as the Byron Glacier Trail and the Seattle Ridge uptrack. Even small terrain features could act as deadly traps.Main Kern avalanche path. The crown of this avalanche was estimated as 6-10′ deep. 2.19.20. Photo courtesy of Alaska Railroad.REGION-WIDE: Dangerous avalanche conditions extend north from our forecast area including Chugach State Park to Hatcher Pass.  Extra caution is advised. Many avalanche crowns were seen in the Turnagain Pass area today when skies cleared Thursday afternoon. These are from the natural avalanche cycle that occurred between Feb 18-20. We hope the skies are clear enough to gather more photos during the next couple days.last_img read more