Support Your Avalanche Center

Avalanche safety and education are a preventative service. Often times the need for funding these operations is overshadowed by the lack of response to avalanche accidents and incidents. The reality however is often that those services are working. This season multiple options are available to donate, become a member of a regional center, or provide […]

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New Observation Platform

An upgraded observation platform from the National Avalanche Center is live for all AAIC regional avalanche centers at AlaskaSnow.org. The new system is easy to use and does a great job of visually displaying field observations, avalanches observed, and cracking/collapsing on the map view. Users are able to filter results based on date, avalanches, signs […]

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Avalanche Awareness Month

November marks avalanche awareness month in Alaska. It is time to get excited about winter, but it is important to remember that enough snow to ride, is enough snow to slide. Early seasons avalanches can happen and often catch riders off guard. It’s the perfect time to practice and prepare. Here are some things you […]

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Winter Backcountry Traveler Survey

In the field of avalanche safety and research, analyzing decision making often boil down to data collection. For human aspects to backcountry travel in the mountains surveys are an easy way for researchers to obtain information.   An important Alaskan research project called the Winter Backcountry Traveler Survey is requesting backcountry users to fill out […]

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A Deep Slab Avalanche Cycle

A unique early season setup with low snowfall and cold temperatures in the mountains surrounding Valdez has produced several remarkable avalanche cycles this season, see the Valdez Avalanche Center website for more information and current conditions.   The lack of snowfall in the fall weakened snow at the surface through a process known as faceting. […]

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Recent Sled Avalanche Case Studies

North American motorized accident statistics and recent case studies were covered in an hour long presentation sponsored by the Alaska Department of Public Safety and Alaska State Troopers. This was presented by Tim Thomas, a forecaster and educator with the the Haines Avalanche Center who specializes in sled specific avalanche education and is a mechanized […]

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Managing Stress In The Backcountry

Laura McGladrey, a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor and Nurse Practitioner with dual certification, practicing both emergency medicine and psychiatry has adapted The Stress Continuum as a way of managing stress. The continuum is a self-assessment tool and can help those affected by a single incident, or cumulative stress, to detect early and late changing reactions […]

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