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Daily Snow Forecast for Arctic Man


With spring shedding going on in the mountains across Alaska, avalanche danger has increased dramatically. The Alaska Avalanche Information Center (AAIC) is on hand at Arctic Man issuing daily snow and avalanche forecast information at Alaskasnow.org.  

The AAIC, in collaboration with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center, will also be hosting a series of free workshops to help riders understand terrain, snow assessment and how to conduct an efficient companion rescue. Workshops begin today at 12:30 am. Stop by the avalanche information center, near the main tent, at Arctic Man to join in or learn more. 

In the past two days there have been multiple natural and human triggered slides in the region of Arctic Man and concern is high as human activity has forecasters and safety professionals nervous.  

“We’ve seen people riding suspect slopes and avalanches ripping out on every aspect, especially wind loaded slopes,” said Forecaster Kevin Salys. “In the past two days there have been several human triggered slides with large involvement and folks have just been lucky to get out.” 

Salys and the rest of the AAIC team are seeing a deep, consistent weak layer that is making conditions extremely sketchy. As of 8 am the skies were gray and it was snowing lightly. 

That isn’t to say you can’t get out and have fun riding. You’ll just need to use extreme caution, careful route finding skills, and be prepared with the proper gear and the knowledge to know how to use it if something does happen. 

Stop by the avalanche corner at Arctic Man or the center at Tailgate to chat with snow safety professionals and get the latest information. 

To learn more, contact Debra at dmchan@alaskasnow.org and don’t forget to check out the snow forecast at www.alaskasnow.org


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