Keep key safety tips in mind while enjoying winter recreation on Alaska National Forests

Release Date: Jan 13, 2021

Contact(s): Erica Keene

Juneau, AK Jan. 13, 2021 –Visitors planning to enjoy the Tongass and Chugach National Forests this winter season are reminded about some key tips to make sure their adventures go as smoothly and enjoyably as possible.


  • If planning to go snow machining, snowshoeing, or backcountry skiing, be sure to check the avalanche forecast for the area being visited before leaving. The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center provides detailed avalanche forecasts for Turnagain Pass area and other avalanche awareness resources at:
  • Please use extreme caution when near ice caves. Ice can quickly become unstable. We recommend observing ice caves from a distance and avoiding going inside.
  • Pack it in, pack it out! Please take trash home as it can be hazardous to both humans and wildlife. Keep the recreation area clean and enjoyable for everyone.
  • Dress for the weather and bundle up! Take several warm layers to adjust to changing temperatures. Winter weather can change rapidly.
  • Use caution when on ice. Ice may appear solid but may be thin and crack.
  • Check road conditions prior to travel. Road conditions can change rapidly and quickly become hazardous.
  • Bears may or may not be in full hibernation mode. Always be bear aware. Never approach, feed or surprise a bear or any other wildlife.
  • Share specific plans with a contact.


Winter offers unique opportunities to get outside on Alaska National Forests. Please recreate safely and responsibly. Visit before heading out to learn more about how to be prepared.


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Key Contacts

Regional Public Affairs

Jackie Chandler
Director, Public Affairs
(907) 586-8803

Erica Keene
Media Relations Specialist
(907) 586-8892

Forest Public Affairs

Chugach National Forest

Alan Brown
Public Affairs Officer
(907) 743-9444
Chugach National Forest webpage

Tongass National Forest

Paul Robbins
Public Affairs & Partnerships
(907) 228-6201
Tongass National Forest webpage