Yukon Avalanche Association

Our Goal is to build long term capacity and sustainability for an avalanche forecasting program in the Yukon. The Yukon Avalanche Association is a non-profit Yukon based society established in 2010.

Our primary purpose is to promote avalanche safety and education for winter backcountry users. We are dedicated to developing a self-sustaining avalanche safety capacity in the north. This includes:
• Coordination of public avalanche safety programs and avalanche safety warnings
• Delivery of avalanche awareness and education in partnership with Canadian Avalanche Centre, Parks Canada, Canada Ski Patrol System
• Serving as point of contact for public, private and government avalanche information

Operating as usual

04/16/2021

Latest forecast for Avalanche Bulletin - Yukon

Did you know that the Yukon avalanche forecast will be available until May 7th? Thank you to Avalanche Canada and Yukon Government for supporting the Yukon avalanche forecast.

Get the forecast before you go at: https://www.avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/yukon

Latest forecast for Avalanche Bulletin - Yukon Expect a spike in avalanche activity on Friday with rapidly warming temperatures (read more in this Forecasters' Blog). Wind slabs may also remain reactive to human triggering.

I’ve Dug About 40 People Out of Avalanches. Only One Survived. 04/12/2021

I’ve Dug About 40 People Out of Avalanches. Only One Survived.

Great read!

"We’re not making our decisions based on the mountain’s terms. We’re pushing on with our assumptions and desires. Does the mountain care that you’re such a good skier? Not at all. Does the mountain care that it just got 2 feet of load on top of a weak layer? You bet. So what we often find is that even if people recognize those red-light conditions they’re still allowing their wants and needs to get them into trouble."

https://slate.com/human-interest/2021/04/how-to-survive-an-avalanche-tips-from-expert-jill-fredston.html

I’ve Dug About 40 People Out of Avalanches. Only One Survived. The key to surviving dangers in the wild is not to get caught in the first place.

04/10/2021

Get the forecast before you venture out to White Pass this weekend - avalanche.ca

Great video clip, below, from Avalanche Canada Yukon on a sensitive snowpack caused by strong winds.

[04/04/21]   Hello friends. Heads up that Yukon Highways and Public Works are planning to close the Klondike Highway tonight from 8 pm onwards as a precaution for avalanches. Please visit www.511yukon.ca to keep updated on road conditions. Thank you to Snowshoot Productions for the update - we know that these decisions to close the highway are not easy to make and it's been a long winter with many, many storms and avalanche hazard to subsequently manage.

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Photos from Yukon Avalanche Association's post 03/13/2021

The YAA beacon training park is now up and running at Mount Sima. Great way to practice transceiver searching and probing skills! Instructions are in the enclosure box, and it's super easy to use.

The control box is locked to a tree near the blue staff building (see pic for location). Thanks Mount Sima for providing a great location for the training park!

**Also, just a reminder to keep your cell phone at least 50 cm away from your beacon when conducting searches in the beacon basin. Electronic noise interference could impact your beacon's ability to determine the correct distance and direction of your target.**

03/04/2021

The YAA is excited to announce that the regions of Haines Pass, White Pass and the Wheaton Valley are now available on Avalanche Canada's Trip Planner tool.

To use the Trip Planner the user selects the area in which they are planning to travel. The Trip Planner then combines current snow and avalanche conditions (danger rating) and the terrain of the intended trip (ATES rating). The users trip will then be represented on the Trip Planner matrix, which then advises the decision maker about what level of risk their trip might entail.

Decision makers can then decide whether their chosen trip falls within their personal avalanche risk comfort level and, based on that information, can decide for themselves if it is appropriate to proceed.

Additionally users can now download avalanche terrain exposure scale (ATES) ratings as KMZ files.

The YAA would like to thank Yukon Government, Department of Community Services for funding this initiative.

https://www.avalanche.ca/planning/trip-planner

The YAA is excited to announce that the regions of Haines Pass, White Pass and the Wheaton Valley are now available on Avalanche Canada's Trip Planner tool.

To use the Trip Planner the user selects the area in which they are planning to travel. The Trip Planner then combines current snow and avalanche conditions (danger rating) and the terrain of the intended trip (ATES rating). The users trip will then be represented on the Trip Planner matrix, which then advises the decision maker about what level of risk their trip might entail.

Decision makers can then decide whether their chosen trip falls within their personal avalanche risk comfort level and, based on that information, can decide for themselves if it is appropriate to proceed.

Additionally users can now download avalanche terrain exposure scale (ATES) ratings as KMZ files.

The YAA would like to thank Yukon Government, Department of Community Services for funding this initiative.

https://www.avalanche.ca/planning/trip-planner

Man Survives 2 hours and 40 minutes Under Avalanche in Val d’Isere, France - SnowBrains 02/07/2021

Man Survives 2 hours and 40 minutes Under Avalanche in Val d’Isere, France - SnowBrains

Incredible! Every second counts when dealing with a companion rescue situation. European statistics show that survival chances for full burials are 91% if the victim is found within the first 18 minutes. The chance of survival falls very quickly after 18 minutes, reaching 30% or so for burials of 30 - 40 minutes.

Now is a great time to brush up on Avalanche Canada's online tutorial (link in comments section below).

Man Survives 2 hours and 40 minutes Under Avalanche in Val d’Isere, France - SnowBrains An avalanche hit a family of four snowshoeing on the Chemins des Coves track of Val d’Isere, France. The family of four was not wearing transceivers on a level 4 of 5 danger day when a 200m long by 100m wide avalanche hit them. The mother and two teenagers were hit but not buried while the father ...

01/24/2021

BURIED ALIVE: Real Life Avalanche Burial & Rescue

Incredible to see so many people out this weekend taking Avalanche Skills Training courses in White Pass. Avalanche education is a lifelong process, and the lessons learned from others can be a huge part of the progression.

Very well done video from Jones Snowboards about the importance of companion rescue training.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR2eSgN43A2krn_Og2cpEFWxkf4lbHExWVAMaWjFNmN_jg7d6CYxOQ-Io8A&v=LzXKVGhoZ-A&feature=youtu.be

Some stories are harder to tell than others. This is a tough one.On December 9th 2019, a crew of Jones team riders headed out into the Lake Tahoe backcountry...

01/22/2021

Avalanche Canada Yukon

Field team checking in from the Wheaton Valley. Thanks, guys!

Alastair telling us about the snow pack in the Tally ho zone of the wheaton

[01/15/21]   Calling Yukon educators! Are your students interested avalanche education? Avalanche Canada has availability for free youth avalanche education workshops for Yukon students in February and March. These offerings are currently Zoom-based.

Please contact Shannon Werner, Youth Education Coordinator, at [email protected] to coordinate an offering for your class.

01/14/2021

Avalanche Canada Yukon

More great stuff from the Avalanche Canada Yukon field team out in the White Pass hunting for surface hoar.

Looking for surface hoar on Log Cabin

01/07/2021

Post to the Mountain Information Network (MIN) and you could win a sweet hat from Avalanche Canada Yukon (see post below)!

If you follow the YAA, please also follow our partner Avalanche Canada Yukon for great content about the White Pass and Wheaton avalanche conditions.

Win an AvCan bucket! Every week we'll do a draw from all Yukon region MIN posts for the week. Keep the MIN posts rolling you rascally Yukoners!

12/14/2020

Parks Canada Yukon

Parks Canada will resume winter use at Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site and the Log Cabin parking lot on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
Check Yukon 511 for current road conditions: www.511yukon.ca

Winter recreation at Chilkoot Trail NHS will be different than in previous years. Please:
✔️ Follow the advice and guidelines from public health experts. In Yukon this includes practising the Safe 6: http://ow.ly/NvSO50CL9PA
✔️ Remember that Chilkoot Trail NHS is in British Columbia. BC emergency response orders are in effect in the NHS. Adhere to all orders and directives from B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, including maintaining physical distancing and adhering to group size restrictions: www.gov.bc.ca
✔️ Avoid entering vulnerable communities while travelling to and from the site. Follow travel advisories issued by First Nation governments and communities: http://ow.ly/xDVy50CLbs8 If a First Nations government or community has not issued an advisory, travel responsibly and follow the Safe 6
✔️ Stay within your bubble while camping and avoid turning your activities into social gatherings. Do not congregate in large groups at trailheads.
✔️ Be cautious and conservative in your use of the site to avoid injury and minimize the need for emergency response services

👉 #KnowBeforeYouGo! Find the latest information about avalanche conditions Avalanche Canada Yukon

Find the 2020/2021 Non-motorized Weekend Schedule on our website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/yt/chilkoot/bulletins/0a9fb15c-27be-4c8d-9036-3c5ea67d528e

📷 Jeni Rudisill

12/05/2020

The South Klondike highway to White Pass is still closed, and for good reason. Check out these avalanche photos from this week's historic storm. Thanks to the Highways and Public Works avalanche contractor for taking the time to submit to the Mountain Information Network.

https://www.avalanche.ca/map?panel=mountain-information-network-submissions/12c4a580-a130-468e-b3f3-8bf500e71ee6

avalanche.ca 12/02/2020

Sometimes it's simple!

Great blog post from Avalanche Canada on what goes into producing the Yukon avalanche forecast for White Pass.

"Sometimes it's simple!" like when you get a metre of snow overnight to double the snowpack! At 2 metres, we now have one of the deepest in Western Canada!

Look for an updated forecast on Avalanche.ca soon.

https://www.avalanche.ca/blogs/sometimes-its-simple

avalanche.ca Sometimes it's simple, and sometimes it's not. Impending big storms for the Yukon region can make avalanche forecasting straightforward, sometimes...

11/28/2020

Yukon Avalanche Association's cover photo

11/28/2020

Latest forecast for Avalanche Bulletin - Yukon

Good news: the first Yukon forecast of the season is now live on Avalanche.ca! You can also access the forecast from the YukonAvalanche.ca home page in the trip planning toolbox.

https://www.avalanche.ca/forecasts/yukon

It's currently storming in the White Pass and more than 30 cms are expected by Monday. Avalanche danger will continue to build throughout this storm, rising to High.

If you are heading out, please post to the Mountain Information Network (MIN) and help strengthen the forecast now and throughout the season. You'll notice that forecaster confidence is currently low, and that's simply because there are limited field observations presently. Your contribution to the MIN is hugely important. Thanks to everyone who has already taken the time to post - 22 MIN reports and counting!

avalanche.ca A storm approaching Saturday and Sunday will gradually build avalanche danger, particularly on exposed slopes.

11/21/2020

Great job Mike and Northwind Avalanche and Weather Services. Appreciate the big effort!

You can view the Haines Pass and all of our other weather stations here: http://yukonavalanche.ca/weather

Huge thanks to Mike Smith and Yukon Wildland Fire / Yukon Avalanche Association for making the drive from Whitehorse to service the Haines Pass weather station. The precip bucket is now back to functioning! Check out our weather stations page for real-time data as the storms come in.
https://alaskasnow.org/haines-weather-center/

11/21/2020

There have been many questions regarding the status of the Canada/U.S. border and access to White Pass in light of this week's news. Thanks for the clarification, Yukon Protective Services.

A reminder that it is still early season, and Avalanche Canada Yukon forecast program will not start up until later in December.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the latest field reports posted to the Avalanche Canada Mountain Information Network.
Lots of great observations coming in already, all confirming that coverage is thin and there are many early season hazards to watch out for. If you're heading out, play safe, and post to the MIN after your trip!

It’s shaping up to be a great weekend for winter activities. If you choose to go into the White Pass or the Haines Pass, make sure you file a trip plan with someone you trust before you go and read up on current avalanche conditions. And remember, if you go past the Canada/US border line into Alaska, you will be subject to a federal quarantine for 14 days.

Travel respectfully, practice the Safe 6 and stay on the Canadian side!

11/04/2020

Re-post from Avalanche Canada Yukon - urban avalanches!

https://www.facebook.com/avcanyukon/posts/379570783480744

The mountain passes aren't the only place avalanches happen. Urban avalanches result in injuries and deaths every year across north America. This avalanche on the clay banks along the Yukon River opposite the Millennium Trail in Whitehorse is a reminder that enough snow on a steep enough slope can create an avalanche anywhere. The debris of this small avalanche was over 1 meter deep. Deep enough to bury or injure a person. In the 1970's there was an avalanche fatality at the end of Black Street below the airport.

11/03/2020

Yukoners, are you following our trusty avalanche field team on facebook and instagram? If not, go to Avalanche Canada Yukon and give them a like. They are posting observations throughout the season that you don't want to miss!

https://www.facebook.com/avcanyukon/posts/378046580299831

Early Season Pop Quiz. Below is a weather snapshot from White Pass for the last 24 hours or so. If you were out there riding today, 1) What would your primary avalanche problem be? 2) Describe the terrain in which you would be most likely to find avalanches?
If you have no idea what we're talking about, head to avalanche.ca and check out some of the great learning tools and then check in with a local Avalanche Canada course provider.

avalanche.ca 11/02/2020

Avalanche Canada

Whitehorse, if you used the @avalanchecanada Dangerator today, what would the avalanche hazard be?

https://www.avalanche.ca/dangerator

avalanche.ca Get the latest avalanche forecast

[10/31/20]   To get Yukoners ready for the 2020/2021 backcountry season the YAA wants to remind Yukoners of the resources that are available to help make good decisions while travelling in the backcountry.

Avalanche Canada
-Avalanche Forecasts for the White Pass region will likely be starting around mid-December. Go to https://www.avalanche.ca/ and click on the Yukon Region to read the forecast.

-Mountain Information Network (MIN): Excellent resource for users to share or find information regarding conditions including riding, avalanche, snowpack, and weather conditions as well as incidents in real time. Click on the blue teardrops to read reports. Check left hand side of your screen to select date range. Go to https://www.avalanche.ca/ to read MIN reports and https://www.avalanche.ca/mountain-information-network if you want to know more about how to use the MIN

-Venturing out before forecasts are available? Use the DANGERATOR: https://www.avalanche.ca/dangerator

-Mountain Weather Forecast: A weather forecast specifically generated to help with decision making in avalanche terrain
https://www.avalanche.ca/weather/forecast

-Forecasters Blogs: https://www.avalanche.ca/blogs?category=forecaster+blog

-Download the Avalanche Canada app to your phone for access to avalanche forecasts and the MIN while offline. If you already have the app, check to see if it needs to be updated (update required fall 2020).

YUKON AVALANCHE ASSOCIATION
-Real time weather stations data https://www.yukonavalanche.ca/weather
-Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) maps: These maps identify the exposure to avalanches in White Pass, Haines Pass and Tombstone Park. https://www.yukonavalanche.ca/ates
The YAA has these maps available in hardcopy as well!

-Terrain Atlas: terrain photos for White Pass and the Wheaton Valley
https://www.yukonavalanche.ca/atlas/

WEATHER
The YAA weather page has a list of weather resources
https://www.yukonavalanche.ca/weather
We also like to use the https://spotwx.com/ as well

AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING (AST)
There are several providers in Yukon who offer AST courses. We recommend that anyone (skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, snowmobilers etc.) who backcountry travels in avalanche terrain take their AST Level 1 course, at a minimum. Here is a list of Yukon providers: https://www.yukonavalanche.ca/training

SOCIAL MEDIA
-Follow Avalanche Canada Yukon on facebook and instagram for updates on conditions in White Pass and Wheaton Valley.
- Yukon Backcountry Snow Sharing Network is a facebook group dedicated to information sharing regarding conditions for Yukoners

GUIDEBOOKS
Yukon Backcountry Skiing has written two guidebooks for our region. White Pass Backcountry Skiing and Haines Pass Backcountry Skiing. These are excellent resources, offered in both French and English, which can help with trip planning. Additionally, Yukon Backcountry Skiing has a ski blog - follow them on facebook or at their website https://yukonbackcountryskiing.com/

GUIDED ADVENTURES
There are two certified Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Ski Guides in Yukon who offer guided backcountry trips, skills training and education. Contact them to book a backcountry adventure!
TheSharpEnd.ca (Eirik Sharp)
Skookum Backcountry Adventures (James Minifie)

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