AAIC mdOur Mission: To support and promote avalanche forecasts, education, research, professional development, and networking of practitioners in the pursuit of healthy lifestyles and the reduction of unintentional injury and death. Please see AAIC Mission and Goals 2022 (.pdf)

The AAIC was founded in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens and earned 501 c3 Non-Profit status in December 2010. The organization currently supports four independent avalanche forecast centers in Alaska: Valdez, Haines, Eastern Alaska Range, and Cordova.

The organization was formed by an all volunteer team.  The organization takes pride in maintaining the highest standards in avalanche forecasting, educating and safety in the United States.  Our standards conform to guidelines set forth by the American Avalanche Association (A3), the National Avalanche Center (NAC) and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE.)

Our list of current executive board members include:

  • President –  Steve Witose “Hoots” (Cordova, Alaska)

  • Vice President – Hank Statscewich (Fairbanks, Alaska)

  • Treasurer – Rich Loftin (Valdez, Alaska)

  • Secretary – Andy Hedden (Haines, Alaska)

  • Director – Scott Doddridge (Juneau, Alaska)

Our current statewide staff member and organization contact is:

  • Administrator/Interim Director - Jeff Moskowitz (Haines, Alaska)

We operates thanks to the consistent effort of our staff, tireless support from our many esteemed volunteers, members, contributors and through consistent and generous donations from our supporters.

Our Annual Report for 2021-2022 is available here.

If you would like other assistance, please contact us.

Please consider a tax deductible contribution.



Alaska Governors Special Achievement Award 2012, 2014 and 2016