January 27, 2014

Massive Avalanche Cuts off Valdez, AK


This is a pretty crazy video from up in Alaska that shows the size and scope of a massive avalanche that occurred yesterday in Keystone Canyon on the road to Valdez from Anchorage up in Alaska.  The avalanche created an ice dam and the resulting lake is already 60 feet deep and growing.  It’s a developing emergency situation as the town of Valdez is now cut off via road, and state officials are unsure how the water trapped behind the dam will release.  However, Valdez is on the ocean so food and fuel is able to reach there, but what are they going to do with all that water behind the avalanche debris?

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2. Will Dujardin
Will Dujardin is our content editor at West Elk Project. He competes in big mountain competitions and coaches the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team. Skiing is his life and he likes to mix it with other fun things like DH mountain biking and traveling.