The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center in Girdwood AK has issued a Backcountry Avalanche Warning.

  • Timing: In effect from 5 am today March, 14, to 5 am, tomorrow, March 15, 2019.
  • Affected Area: For Turnagain Pass and the Kenai and Western Chugach Mountains in and around Eastern Turnagain Arm, Summit Lake and Seward.
  • Avalanche Danger: The Avalanche Danger will remain at HIGH today and is expected to last through the evening.
  • Reason: Recent heavy snow combined with strong wind have created widespread areas of unstable snow. Both human triggered and natural avalanches are likely on slopes steeper than 30 degrees.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions

Backcountry travelers should stay off of...and out from underneath… slopes steeper than 30 degrees. Avalanches may run long distances. Avoid avalanche terrain today. 

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 Avalanche Warning does not apply to ski areas or highways where avalanche reduction measures are performed. Be aware there will be intermittent traffic delays today on the Seward Highway for Avalanche Hazard Reduction work from mile post 99 (Bird Flats) to mile post 86.5 (Kern Creek). Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 9:00 and 2:00 PM.

For more information visit

Or call: CNFAIC staff on duty,
Heather Thamm (907) 230-2370 or Wendy Wagner (907) 229-9060.
Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center
PO Box 129 Girdwood, AK 99587
Hotline 907/754-2369   Voice 907/783-3242
Fax 907/783-2094