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Email: EARAC@alaskasnow.org

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Eastern Alaska Range Avalanche Center (EARAC)

Overview of Eastern Alaska Range areaFounded in 2015 The Eastern Alaska Range Avalanche Center (EARAC) is a community funded avalanche center that focuses on the fantastic Eastern Alaska Range. Our mission is to promote education, develop a robust observer network, and improve the meteorological resources in the area. It is important to note that we will not be offering avalanche forecasting; though it is a long term goal. We are happy to be a part of the Alaska Avalanche Information Center's network of Avalanche Centers around the state.

 

Education: EARAC utilizes local and statewide instructors to facilitate all levels of avalanche education; from avalanche awareness and companion rescue skills up to 4 day Level 2 courses. We offer courses to many local communities including Tok, Delta Junction, Eielson AFB, Fairbanks and Nenana. Have an idea for a course you'd like to see? Let us know!

Observer Network: As an area without an avalanche forecast, user observations are critical to help other users make educated choices about the snowpack. Share what you see; any contribution is a good contribution! Simply sharing a photo from your trip gives other users useful information. How was the snow? Was there a fresh dump? If so, how much? Where were you when you took the photo or swam around in waist deep pow? Did you notice any red flags like recent avalanches or whumping snow?

Please contribute your avalanche, snow and weather observations here or on the EARAC Facebook page!

Weather Resources:  We're working to consolidate and improve weather resources in the area so that you can have an idea of what has been happening to the snowpack before you even leave home. Area weather stations can tell you about recent snow, wind events, and temperatures. 

2015-2016 Year in Review: Read our yearly letter to supporters here to learn about all that we've accomplished in the last year as well as what some of our future goals are. 

 

Area Information




Are you planning a trip into the Eastern Alaska Range? It can sometimes be hard to find information about our area. Powder Project (Left) is a great new way to share routes and ski areas. Below is a small list of our commonly used resources we use when trip planning. 

ArcticDEM Explorer is a fantastic web tool with high-resolution elevation information.

UAF's GeoData Center is located in the Akasofu Building and is a great place to purchase maps and imagery.

Google Earth.

Our weather page.

Do you have another great resource? Let us know!

 

Staff & Volunteers


James Smith

Advisory Board Chairperson

James learned to ski as a kid in Fairbanks, Alaska before starting to explore the back-country of the Eastern Alaska Range. When he is not working as a Wildlife Technician, he can usually be found searching for good snow in the mountains. He looks forward to helping to share avalanche education and awareness with his fellow back-country users from Interior Alaska.

Conrad Chapman

Advisory Board Vice Chairperson

Conrad Chapman is a lifelong Alaskan born and raised in Chugiak. Currently he is a student at UAF and works for the University's Outdoor Adventure program as a student guide. He is excited to help grow the Avalanche Center to provide the Eastern Alaska Ranges users with valuable education and observations.

Mark Oldmixon

Advisory Board Treasurer

Skiing as young kid Mark learned to love the fresh air. Mark moved to Alaska in 2006 to pursue his dream of teaching Outdoor Education at University of Alaska of Fairbanks. He and his family work hard and play hard.

Harry Penn

Advisory Board Administrative Assistant

Harry learned to ski after starting Graduate school at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2012. He now regularly explores the backcountry and learns more about skiing and mountains with each adventure. He is excited to continue learning and be part of avalanche education and awareness in Alaska.

Erica Lamb

Advisory Board Community Member

Erica moved to Alaska in search of (mis)adventure, which she regularly finds on skis and in the mountains. More a climber than a skier, Erica has survival skied throughout the Deltas and is president of the Alaska Alpine Club, regularly teaching and leading trips. A hydrologist by day, Erica gets really excited about snow science and is always looking to learn more!

Mark Lockwood

Advisory Board Community Member

Mark began skiing and climbing in the mid-70’s. Since 1980 he has lived in Alaska, working as a geologist, specializing in extreme terrain access. He is also the president of the Fairbanks Alpine Ski Club and the former president of the Alaskan Alpine Club and the Alaska Alpine Rescue Group. Mark has presented avalanche awareness training to the public for the Alaska Mountain Safety Center and the North American Outdoor Institute beginning in 2003.

Mike Hopper

Advisory Board Community Member

Mike Hopper is an avalanche survivor who runs The Lodge at Black Rapids. He has been recreating in the Eastern Alaska Range for years and is an experience backcountry skier and mountaineer; laying down hundreds of first descents throughout the area.

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