About AAIC

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.

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 six independent, non-forest service avalanche forecast centers in Alaska.

The organization was formed with an all volunteer team. The first paid Executive Director took office in July 2014. The organization prides itself on maintaining the highest standards in forecasting, educating and safety in the United States under the guidelines set forth by the American Avalanche Association (AAA) and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE.)

The all volunteer governing body 2017 AAIC Executive BOD is made up of a team of dedicated professionals.  The organization operates thanks to our awesome Volunteers, Members, Contributors  and through generous donations from our Supporters.

AAIC’s Executive Director is Debra McGhan, and she can be contacted HERE

If you would like other assistance, please contact us.

LIVE TO RIDE ANOTHER DAY
The Alaska Avalanche Information Center does business as the Anchorage Avalanche Center, Cordova Avalanche Center, the Eastern Alaska Range Avalanche Center, Haines Avalanche Center, the Hatcher Pass Avalanche center and, the Valdez Avalanche Center.

Alaska Avalanche Information Center is a federal non-profit organization     EIN #80-0674646

All donations to support operations are 100% tax deductible and go directly toward our mission of providing avalanche safety information and educational opportunities in Alaska.

Our Board of Directors


Sean Wisner

Board President

Valdez Avalanche Center Rescue Liaison

Katreen Wikstrom Jones

Board Secretary

Eastern Alaska Regional Avalanche Center

Mark Oldmixon

Board Treasurer

Director of Eastern Alaska Regional Avalanche Center, Instructor

Steve 'Hoots' Witsoe

Forecasting Director

Director of Cordova Avalanche Center, Forecaster

Mark McNamara

Director at Large

Representative for the Haines Avalanche Center

Jed Workman

Director at Large

Director of the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center, Forecaster

Pete Carter

Director at Large

Valdez Avalanche Center Volunteer

Debra McGhan

Alaska Avalanche Information Center

Executive Director

Center Directors


Anchorage Center Director

Currently this center is in transition

Cordova Center Director

Eastern Alaska Center Director

Haines Center Director

Hatcher Pass Center Director

Valdez Center Director