Mountain travel website upgraded

Mt. Eyak Ski Area covered in a fresh blanket of snow Dec 20. (Photo by David Little/for the Cordova Times)

Major upgrades on weather conditions have been made to the Alaska Avalanche Information Center’s website, alaskasnow.org, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.

In an effort to streamline the process of gathering and reporting on weather conditions around the state, KeyLink IT Services has revamped the website and improved security, the avalanche center said. The upgraded site will include simple observation forms for submitting information and region-specific access to allow users to go directly to information on where they plan to travel, including federal and state lands.

Primary forecast regions accessible from alaskasnow.org include Cordova, Chugach National Forest Service, eastern Alaska Range, Juneau, Haines, Hatcher Pass and Valdez.

The new site launched Oct. 1 for testing and had its full launch on Nov. 1 as part of Alaska Avalanche Awareness Education Month.

Learn more about the Alaska Avalanche Information Center at www.alaskasnow.org or email info@alaskasnow.org.