STEP 1 -
Option 1- Pick the site and determine the weather. Option 2- Determine the wx and pick the site.
Determine the wx in the area with current local surface winds and forecast and verify sky conditions with vis reports and wx cams.
STEP 2- Forecast -Is its going to stay good for awhile or change?- 3 Day Forecast, NWS Forecast
STEP 3- Winds Aloft if you get high? Winds Aloft for Anchorage Image, WINDS ALOFT Text
INFO FOR ANCHORAGE SITES
KINCAID CHALET– 350-020 5-10mph– Use ANC ASOS – 248-2033 or find on Windalert, or another app. Check the currency of the report.
CARR-GOTTSTEIN PARK- 100-350- Use ANC ASOS – 248-2033 or find on Windalert, or another app. Check the currency of the report. Works best in a NW to SW wind condition @7-12 from ANC ASOS. E winds can be gusty but sometime smooth and consistent.
EAGLE RIVER- Need W-NW winds 260-340, Gordon Lyon, Hiland- N / Southfork Area- SW or Arctic Valley- S, SW, SE for backside TOP OF ARCTIC VALLEY, ER TOWER LAUNCH-CALL 907-694-3017, Birchwood WEATHER CAMS
ALYESKA- SE light, W peak 20 at Bird– Prince William Sound Forecast, Web Cam of Mtn. Alyeska Summit Winds, MAP OF ANC WX, Penquin Peak- DOT Road Wx Stations Penguin Peak Elevation: 4200 Ft
FLAT TOP 200-330- possible 120-360 Penquin Peak- CNFAIC, Windalerts Anchorage, Glen Alps Parking Cam
KINCAID MOTORCROSS- 180-220 Anc Asos, 2- Winds at Mc Hugh Creek, 3- Winds at Kenai- At Anchorage Airport you are looking for Winds from 180-220 at 7-9. The winds at McHugh Creek must be light, West preferably. Winds at Kenai from the S to SW. Stronger the better.
HATCHER PASS SITES: Marmot wind direction 120-200 degrees, Lake Hill- 250-300, Nixon Nose ESE or W, Eldorado 135
Marmot Wx Station, Check winds around the area like Palmer Airport, Willow Airport. LakeHill is looking for a W General flow to NW. Marmot is quite consistent throughout the year. Look for a SE, S, SW flow. It is higher up so go to Step 3 and check Winds Aloft.
APPS TO USE WITH A SMART PHONE- Go to App Store
WA-WindsAlert-Aeroweather, WU- Weather Underground, and Windy App
WX LINKS TO SAVE ON YOUR HOMESCREENS
National Weather Service
Current Radar Sounding
Winds Aloft Report
FAA WX CAMS,
Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center
DOT Road Wx Stations