Alaska Range

Dan Bross / KUAC

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about atypical contrasting conditions north and south of the Alaska Range during August.

Alaska Avalanche Information Center

Memorial services were held over the weekend for the Delta Junction man killed in a avalanche in the Alaska Range.  Friends and family gathered to remember 35-year-old Erik Peterson, who was skiing with friend Michael Hopper when the slide came down Dec. 6th.

Hopper survived the slide, and he and his wife Annie hosted a memorial service for Peterson at their lodge at Black Rapids Saturday.  Another service for Peterson was held in Anchorage yesterday.

Meanwhile, an avalanche expert who’s surveyed the area of the eastern Alaska Range where the deadly slide came down says the snowpack on mountainsides near Rainbow Ridge remains unstable. That will delay any operation to recover Peterson’s body.