Backcountry Safety

Get prepared for your Backcountry Adventures. Whether you are new to Alaska or just looking to brush up on your skills and knowledge, these courses  are designed for you. Thanks to support from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Division of Alaska State Troopers. these programs are free to the public and available in the following communities:

Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Seward, Wasilla, Palmer, Willow, Talkeetna, Fairbanks, Delta, Tok, Nenana, Glenallen, Valdez, Cordova, Haines, Juneau, Sitka, Skagway…

If you would like to have your school or community included, please contact us at info@alaskasnow.org or call 907-255-2242.

2017 – 18  Schedule – Registration is not required but highly recommended for all community/field training programs   Note: This schedule is dynamic and being continually updated as more classes are scheduled. If you do not see a class you are looking for, please call 907-255-2242 or check back. Resources are limited. We will do our best but apologize if we are unable to fulfill your request. 

Sat. November 4, 2017 – 11 am – 4 pm – Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage – SnowFest Learn more or Register Here

Sat./Sun. December 9-10, 2017 – Eureka Lodge – Backcountry Riders Workshop – Special appearance from Iron Dog Champion Chris Olds – Learn More / Register

Valdez/Glennallen

  • October Community Awareness & Film  to prepare for Avalanche Awareness Month
  • November 25/26 & Dec.2/3 AIARE Level 1 Valdez PWSC
  • December & January Awareness & DPS in our schools: HHES, GMS, VHS
  • January or February TBA Motorized AIARE Level 1
    AIARE Level 2 March 9-12, Valdez PWSC

Haines

  • Feb.22 AIARE Avalanche Rescue
  • Feb. 23-25 AIARE Rec.1
  • Feb.26 Instructor/Forecaster Development session

Hatcher Pass

Cordova

Anchorage

  • Nov.5 AAIC Instructor Workshop
  • Feb. 16-18 AIARE Rec. 1 Anchorage UAA

Kenai

Fairbanks/EARAC

Juneau

  • Dec. 9 Southeast Alaska Avalanche Workshop (for snow safety professionals)
  • Dec. 10 – 2-8 hour awareness events for public in Juneau.
  • JDHS
  • Juneau Snowmobile Avalanche Safety Workshop
  • Multi agency avalanche rescue drill
  • Evening class lecture and secondary field day in Sitka, POW, and Ketchikan
  • Snowmobile avalanche safety workshop in Haines – 33 mile.

Other regions:

Petersville

  • January 27 AIARE Avalanche Rescue
  • January 28, 2018 –  Motorized Workshop

Cantwell

  • January 30/31, 2018 Cantwell community and school DPS

Healy

  • Feb. 2/3, 2018 Healy community and school DPS

Current season courses completed

  • Sat. July 15, 2017 7-9 pm – Chena Lake Recreation – Island View Pavillion
  • Sat, September 30, 2017 11 am – 4pm. – Menard Sports Center, Wasilla

2016-2017 Season Completed

SOUTHEAST ALASKA

Fri, Feb. 3, 2017 Skagway Elementary & Middle School
Fri, Feb. 3, 2017 Skagway Firehall, 5-9pm COMMUNITY Register
Sat, Feb. 4, 2017 Skagway 12-4pm (Meet at Fire Hall 11am) Register
Fri, Feb. 10, 2017 Haines High School
Fri, Feb. 10, 2017 Haines Fire Hall, 5-9pm COMMUNITY Register
Sat, Feb. 11, 2017 Haines 12-4pm (Meet at Fire Hall 11am) Register
Sat, Feb. 4, 2017  Juneau Snowmobile Club – 9am-3:30 pm Register
Thurs, Feb. 9, 2017 Juneau Douglas High School, 9:30am-4pm
Mon, Feb. 13, 2017 Juneau Douglas High School, 2:30pm-4pm
Sat, Feb. 25, 2017 SITKA, Centennial Hall, 5:30pm-9pm Register
Sun, Feb. 26, 2017 SITKA, FIELD SESSION, 8:30am-4pm Register
Sat, Mar. 11, 2017 KETCHIKAN, City Hall Assembly Chambers, 5:30pm-9:30pm Register
Sun, Mar. 12, 2017 KETCHIKAN, FIELD SESSION, 8:30am-4pm Register

 


NORTHERN ALASKA (FAIRBANKS, NENANA, DELTA, TOK…

1/28/2017 Alaska Alpine Club COMMUNITY
2/1/2017 REI Fairbanks COMMUNITY
2/3/2017 Morris Thomopson Ctr COMMUNITY
2/9/2017 Lathrop HS SCHOOL
2/10/2017 Watershed Charter School SCHOOL
2/11/2017 Compeau’s COMMUNITY
3/17/2017 Tok Comm Ctr. COMMUNITY
3/17/2017 Tok HS SCHOOL
3/15/2017 Delta HS COMMUNITY
3/16/2017 Delta HS SCHOOL
3/8/2017 Fairbanks Snow Travelers COMMUNITY


MAT SU VALLEY

2/18/2017 HATCHER PASS FIELD
3/8/2017 Houston Middle SCHOOL
3/15/2017 Palmer Jr. Middle SCHOOL
3/16/2017 Wasilla Middle SCHOOL
4/22/2017 Mat Su Girl Scouts COMMUNITY
1/29/2017 Eureka Lodge FIELD


ANCHORAGE

Mon, Feb. 6, 2017, 7pm-8:30pm, Anchorage Adventurers, BP Energy Center
Wed, Feb. 15, 2017 1pm-8pm, Iron Dog Safety Expo, Cabela’s, South Anchorage
TBD –  King Career Center SCHOOL
2/18/17 Turnagain Pass motorized parking lot COMMUNITY
5/25/2017 Military Family Day COMMUNITY
3/18/2017 Arctic Valley Ski Area COMMUNITY
4/4/2017 Governor’s Safety Conference COMMUNITY
5/16-5/19 Campbell Creek Science Ctr. COMMUNITY


COPPER RIVER VALLEY / VALDEZ / CORDOVA

2/9/2017 Glennallen High School SCHOOL
2/10/2017 Glennallen High School COMMUNITY
2/22/2017 Valdez SCHOOL
2/23/2017 Valdez SCHOOL
4/1/2017 Valdez (Beacons and Eggs) FIELD
4/1/15/11/2017 Cordova SCHOOL
5/12/2017 Cordova SCHOOL
5/13/2017 Cordova FIELD
5/13/2017 Tatitlik COMMUNITY


KENAI PENINSULA 
3/9/2017 Seward High School SCHOOL
3/11/2017 Seward High School COMMUNITY
3/15/2017 Soldotna SCHOOL
3/16/2017 Kenai Central School SCHOOL
3/17/2017 Kenai Comm Center COMMUNITY
3/18/2017 Turnagain Pass COMMUNITY
3/25/2017 Homer COMMUNITY
3/24/2017 Homer SCHOOL


STATEWIDE

4/3/2017 Arctic Man COMMUNITY


2015-2016 Season Completed

2016 Schedule

  • Wed Feb 3rd 7-9pm, Juneau Snowmobile Club
  • Thursday Feb 4th (P1- 9:50-11:05, P2- 11:10-12:25, P3- 1:10-2:25, P4- 2:30-3:45) Juneau Douglas High School
  • Tuesday, Feb 9th 6-7:30 pm. REI Anchorage:  Register
  • Wed, Feb 10th 12-1:30pm – Juneau Douglas High School
  • Friday, Feb 12,.from 12-3 pm –  Eaglecrest Ski Area, Juneau  Register
  • Sat, Feb. 13, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Hatcher Pass With the CNFAIC Register
  • Tuesday, Feb 16 – 6-7 pm – REI Fairbanks (Check-in REI Fbks store)
  • Sat, Feb 20th, 9 am-4 pm – Juneau Community Avalanche Skills workshop, Dan Moeller Trail head Register
  • Friday Feb. 26th from 7-10pm  Ketchikan Assembly Chambers – Register
  • Sat. Feb. 27, 9a-3p in either the field or at the KVRS Training Room – Register
  • Sat, March 5th 10am – rpm – Arctic Valley Ski Area: Register 
  • Sat, March 5th from 8:30-3:30pm – Juneau Eaglecrest- Register
  • Mon. March 7th – 6-9 pm – Tok Community – Register
  • Tuesday, March 8th, 8 am-2pm – Middle & High Schools, Tok
  • Tuesday, March 8th, 6 pm- 8 pm – Delta Powersports, Delta – Register
  • Thursday, March 10th, 5:30-7 pm – Polaris K-12, Anchorage (Science Night) Students, families, friends, faculty…
  • Sat. March 12, – 10 am – 2 pm – Turnagain Takeover – Snowriders Special training with Sully Sullivan – Location – Turnagain Pass Regster
  • Sat. March 12, 1-4 pm. – Haines Borough Public Library – Register
  • Sun. March 13, 1-4 pm – Haines Borough Public Library – Register
  • Sat. March 26, 10 am – 12 pm – Salmonberry Ski Hill, Valdez – Register
  • Sat. March 19, 9 am – 5 pm – Skagway FireHall – Register
  • Wed. March 23, 7 am – 2 pm – Houston High School
  • Sat., March 26, – Salmonberry Ski Hill, Beacons and Eggs, 10 am to 12 pm Register
  • Wed, March 30th – Cook Inlet Academy, Soldotna
  • Wed. March 30th – Chugiak High School – 9:30-2 pm
  • Sat. April 2 – Eagle River Nature Center – 10 am – 2 pm Register 
  • Sat. April 1 – 10 – Tailgate Alaska – Thompson Pass – Dates and times for specific courses will be posted soon
  • Tues. April 5-Sat. April 9 – Arctic Man, Summit Lake
  • Tues. April 5, 7 am – 9 am – Safe Glacier Travel Strategy with Jim Whisman (Instructors/Forecasters.)
  • Wed. April 6, 12:30-2:30 pm Companion rescue with the CNFAIC, Two classes offered – 4.6.16 and 4.8.16 (dependent on the race and weather) Register for the Wednesday class or  Register for the Friday class
  • Wed. April 6, 3-5 pm – Avalanche Camp at Arctic Man – Avalanche Terrain Recognition Ride – Register 
  • Friday April 8, 3-5 pm Avalanche Camp at Arctic Man, Snow management and Evaluation – Register
  • Friday,. April 9 – 10 am tp 2 pm Arctic Man, Summit Lake – Special workshop with champion Tyler Aklestad and Northroad Productions star Sully Sullivan Register
  • Tues, May 10-13 – Campbell Creek Science Center – Anchorage 6th graders
  • Sat./Sun. May 22-23 – Cordova – Community and School
  • Thur. May 26 – Anchorage – Military Safety Day for families
  • Wed. June 1st – JBER – Military Special workshop
  • Sat. June 11 – Eagle River Nature Center – Emphasis on Backcountry Water Safety – Register
  • Sat. June 26 – Matanuska Lake, Fox Run RV – Emphasis on Water Safety -Lakes and streams – Register

 

Come learn with the pros.  GENERALFLYERJoin Tyler Aklestad; 2016 Iron Dog Champion, five year (7) time Arctic Man Champion, (6) time Mayor’s Cup Champion and more than 20 years experience on a sled. Plus Sully Sullivan, Northroad Productions, professional rider and instructor. This event is being hosted in partnership with the

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center. fcnfaic_150

 

 

 

 


 

THIS PROGRAM IS NOW COMPLETE FOR 2014-2015 SEASON. This was a partnership between AAIC and the NAOI

Please be sure to check back in the fall for future opportunities.

View our year end final report here AAIC Progress report Final 2015

 

The AAIC partnered with the North America Outdoor Institute (NAOI) to bring free backcountry safety training to Alaskans from Juneau to Valdez and beyond.

The Alaska Wilderness Safety Challenge teaches skills necessary for traveling in the wilderness and backcountry safely. Topics include:

  • Trip planning
  • Weather factors
  • Avalanche Awareness – Terrain Management
  • Wilderness first aid
  • Emergency Fire starting
  • Shelter building
  • Snowmachine/ATV safety
  • Flora/fauna
  • Navigation
  • Water and ice safety
  • Much more

The Wilderness Safety Challenge is made possible by the Alaska Department of Public Safety Division of Alaska State Troopers. The goal of this program is to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to give you the confidence  needed to get outdoors and enjoy Alaska safely.

This interactive program appeals to families and individuals of all ages. Youth under 14-years must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have attended a program and did not complete a Feedback Form, please do so now to ensure you are included in our season grand prize giveaway!

SCHEDULE

Call 907-376-2898 or 907-982-0332 to learn more

DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION TYPE
3/13/2015 5:30 – 7:30pm Skagway Public Library COMMUNITY
3/14/2015 11am – 4pm NORTH POLE COMMUNITY FIELD
3/20/2015 HAINES SCHOOL SCHOOL
3/21/2015 1pm – 3pm HAINES FIREHALL COMMUNITY FIELD
CLASS
3/29/2015 10am – 2pm ARCTIC VALLEY SKI AREA ANCHORAGE COMMUNITY FIELD
CLASS
3/27/2015 10am – 2pm VALDEZ (Tailgate Alaska) COMMUNITY FIELD
CLASS
4/3/2015 SKAGWAY SCHOOL SCHOOL
4/4/2015 11am – 3pm SKAGWAY COMMUNITY COMMUNITY FIELD
CLASS
3/18/15 10am – 2pm HATCHER PASS – PALMER COMMUNITY FIELD
CLASS
4/4/2015 9am – 1pm VALDEZ (Beacons and Eggs) COMMUNITY FIELD
CLASS
4/8-4/11 10am – 4pm FAIRBANKS (ARCTIC MAN) COMMUNITY FIELD
CLASS
4/17/2015 CORDOVA SCHOOL
4/18/2015 10am – 2pm CORDOVA COMMUNITY FIELD
CLASS
4/18/2015
4/28/15
12 – 4 pm
12pm – 4pm
9am -4pm
JUNEAU – Eaglecrest Ski
AreaHAINES SCHOOLS
COMMUNIY FIELD
CLASS SCHOOL
5/1/15
5/14/2015
8am – 4pm
10am – 4am
VALDEZ MIDDLE
SCHOOL CAMPBELL CREEK
SCIENCE CENTER
SCHOOL
5/16/2015
5/22/15
10am – 2pm
8am – 4pm
EAGLE RIVER NATURE
CENTER TATITLEK
COMMUNITY FIELD
CLASS
COMMUNITY/SCHOOL

If you missed out but would like a program in the future, please email us at info@alaskasnow.org to sign up today.