Avalanche danger exists in national forest

Jan 10, 2013 -- 10:00am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Skiers and snowmachiners entering the backcountry are being warned about the danger of avalanches. The Anchorage Daily News says the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center issued an avalanche advisory Wednesday. Center director Kevin Wright says conditions are right for an avalanche because of stormy weather that was followed by sunshine. He says more than 10 feet of new snow has fallen in the mountains over the past two weeks. Large natural and human-triggered avalanches have been reported over the last week. One of the slabs that let go was on Repeat Offender. That is the site of a large slide that claimed the lives of six snowmachiners descending from Seattle Ridge in 1999. 

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