High avalanche danger in Turnagain Pass, forecasters warn
An avalanche warning has been issued for the mountains surrounding Turnagain Pass, and avalanche experts recommend no backcountry travel in the area Thursday.
The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center says 4-5 feet of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours and natural avalanches may run far and fast. The Center says avalanche danger will be high at Alpine, Treeline and Below-Treeline altitudes.
The backcountry avalanche warning is in effect from 5 a.m. Thursday through 5 a.m. Friday for Turnagain Pass and the Kenai and Western Chugach Mountains around Eastern Turnagain Arm.
The Center says backcountry travelers should stay off of and out from under slopes steeper than 30 degrees. It warns that similar conditions may exist in areas not monitored by any avalanche center.