| CNF Avalanche Information Center Crew: |
Wendy Wagner, Graham Predeger, and Kevin Wright.
(not pictured: Alex Mclain)
Highly skilled and trained professionals, as well as lifelong backcountry enthusiasts, during the winter months CNFAIC staff head into the field almost daily to bring you up-to-date information. Intermittent advisories will be produced for the next two weeks. A daily advisory schedule will begin on November 17th. Check the website at www.cnfaic.org or dial the hotline at 907-754-2369 for the latest avalanche forecast. You can also follow us on facebook—or twitter—https://twitter.com/CNFAvalanche.
The avalanche center offers free avalanche awareness education to the public. A full schedule of local avalanche education opportunities can be found on the calendar page of our website. November is Avalanche Awareness Month in Alaska, and to draw attention the avalanche center is hosting a free Fireside Chat lecture this Thursday, November 8th at the Girdwood Ranger Station at 7pm. The first lecture, Introduction to Avalanche Awareness, is the first in a series The presentations are a great introduction for backcountry beginners and a review for seasoned winter enthusiasts.
We encourage everyone to tune up their avalanche skills and get into a routine of checking the avalanche forecast before heading into the mountains. When planning your winter trip into the backcountry, don't forget these safety items: shovel, beacon, probe, and KNOWLEDGE.
Current Conditions-November 8th:
There is a very thin and weak early season snow cover. The snow that fell in mid October sat under clear skies for two weeks and has turned to facets (sugar snow) with some impressive surface hoar (1-20cm) growing on top. When this 3-20" of weak snow becomes overloaded with additional snow we could see widespread avalanche activity and a rapid rise in danger.