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Big THANK YOU from the Forest Service to the members of the FB group 'AK Snow Shredders 2.0' for initiating a parking lot clean-up effort at Turnagain Pass moto lot last weekend!

In case you missed it - over a foot of snow fell up high the last few days with wet snow at the mid elevations. As skies start to clear up, expect dry/moist avalanches at the upper elevations and wet snow avalanches down low!! Natural and human triggered avalanches possible depending on how much snow fell. Photo is of Tincan ridge on Turnagain Pass at 9:40am May 4th (clearing skies) #winteruphigh #increasedavalanchedanger #telluswhatyousee #playsafe

Byron Glacier Trail update: Avalanche hazard remains in the Byron Glacier area. Avoid traveling/hiking under large snow covered slopes - these could avalanche at anytime, the risk could last into June (rainy days and sunny warm afternoons/evenings are the most likely times for natural springtime avalanches). There are areas (pictured above) where no avalanche hazard exists but rockfall hazard does close to cliffs - see the observation on CNFAIC.org for more details! #springmeltdown #headsup #playsafe

As the final avalanche forecast for the season was issued this morning, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to ALL of you who submitted observations this year!! We couldn't do it without you. A big thanks to Girdwood Brewery for hosting an observer appreciation gathering for everyone who submitted five or more observations - cheers!! #playsafe #springmeltdown #wetavalanches #telluswhatyousee

Cloud cover is limiting the overnight re-freeze around Turnagain Pass – wet snow and glide avalanches are becoming more likely and snow bridges over crevasses are sagging in glaciated terrain - Heads Up! #wetavalanches #springtimemeltdown #shedcycle #playsafe

It is springtime and aspect and timing are crucial! Warm temperatures and long days are affecting the snowpack. Wet avalanches and glide releases are the main concerns! Get off of slopes if you are sinking into wet snow! Avoid travel under glide cracks. @chugachavy #wetslabs #longdays #playsafe #heliobs #dontmesswiththebrownfrown

Skier triggered avalanche in Triangle Bowl yesterday evening. 4th skier on the slope hit a thin rocky spot and skied off of the slab. Bed surface was the April Fool's storm rain crust. West aspect with mostly cold, dry snow. Thanks to the party involved for sharing this photo and the information. @chugachavy #persistentslab #triggerpoint #playsafe #springtimeavalanches

Lost Lake in the Southern Kenai mtn's earlier in the week. Avoidance of steep southerly slopes later in the day as the snowpack warms up will be key today and this week! Big thanks to John Schuiteman for these photos! #headsup #wetavalanches #playsafe

Avoid steep Southerly slopes this afternoon! Human and natural wet avalanches are likely, especially in areas with a thin snowpack. Avoid runout zones! Get off the slope if you start to sink in on your skis or snowmachine! Get the forecast! @chugachavy #wetslab #getoutofharmsway #springtime #southissketchy #timingiseverything

Snowmachine triggered avalanche crown up to 10-12' deep - mitten for scale. This was from a close call on Saturday Apr 8th in Jr's Bowl/2nd Bowl - triggered while climbing, rider was able to pin the throttle and ride uphill over the moving slab as it was breaking up underneath. Rider and snowmachine ended up on the bed surface unscathed - thankfully as this was a very large avalanche. We are very grateful these riders took the time to submit their full story - please see this and additional photos on CNFAIC.org's observation page. Heads Up that these types of slabs are still possible to trigger this week under sunny skies. #deepslabavalanches #nearmiss #dangerremains #playsafe #knowbeforeyougo

Multiple human triggered avalanches in Seattle Creek since Friday. A widespread layer of reactive buried surface hoar sitting under 3-10 feet of snow appears to be the culprit. With daily warming and temperatures in the 40F's the likelihood of triggering will increase in the afternoon and evenings. Cautious route finding and conservative decision making are essential! Photo credit: Dillin Koeckritz, Location: Main Bowl, Seattle Creek. #turnagainpass #cnfaic #gettheforecast #buriedsurfacehoar #springtimeinalaska #playsafe

A sunny Saturday less than 48 hrs after a 10 day storm cycle that laid down 2-5 feet thick slabs over weak snow warrants extra caution. The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE. This means human triggered avalanches are likely. Most avalanche fatalities occur with this danger rating because the snowpack hasn't adjusted to the load. There was a large snowmachine triggered slide in Main Bowl yesterday. Ease into terrain, pay attention to other groups and practice safe travel protocol. Get the forecast! Tell your friends. @chugachavy #playsafe #stayontop #buriedsurfacehoar #headsup

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