Fri, September 30, 2022

Winter is on the Way!

Winter 2023 is coming... The days are getting shorter, the mountains whiter, and early season events are lining up. Upcoming Events: Oct 20, 7pm: MSP Ski Film! MatchStick Productions – “Anywhere from Here” Showing Thursday, October 20 at 7pm at the West Anchorage High School Auditorium. Doors open 30min prior. Tickets HERE ($20 in advance and $25 at the door). Oct 27, 830pm: Snow Stories 4.0 - BearTooth Theater Annual Fundraiser! Get stoked for the winter with Friends of Chugach...

Thu, May 19, 2022

2022/23 Internship Program application is up – Deadline June 23!

The Chugach NF Avalanche Center is accepting applications for next season's Internship Program! Closing date is June 23, 2022. This program has been highly successful, a staple for the center, and promotes a pipeline for aspiring snow/avalanche professionals. Please see details for job requirements, how to apply, and who to contact with questions HERE.

Mon, May 02, 2022

Tips for Navigating the Backcountry in the Springtime

NAVIGATING THE BACKCOUNTRY IN SPRINGTIME Managing springtime avalanche problems can be tricky, with conditions often changing from stable to dangerous within a matter of hours. Whether you are planning to eek out the last of the corn skiing in Turnagain Pass, climb Denali, or extend your ski season in one of Alaska’s more remote mountain ranges there are some general considerations for spring skiing that are useful to keep in mind. The most important is to tune yourself into the diurnal...

Mon, March 21, 2022

Turnagain Pass Avalanche Awareness Day 2022 – A SUCCESS!!

We'd like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to everyone for joining in the 2022 Turnagain Pass Avalanche Awareness Day on Saturday, March 19th! The sun made a surprise visit that greeted over 100 backcountry users who attended - woot! Some highlights: 35+ people were able to work on their beacon skills with the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol who set up a beacon park (thanks again Joe and Aaron!). 200 hotdogs and hamburgers were grilled up (thanks Gauger, Andy, and...

Fri, February 18, 2022

Lessons learned from two near-misses this season

As we head into late February, days are getting longer, snow coverage is high, and more people are going to start planning bigger days in the mountains. As evidenced by the avalanche activity this week, there is clearly some cause for concern in the snowpack, with the potential for large avalanches. Managing risk does not come easily, and in the avalanche world we rarely have the chance to learn from our own experiences if things go wrong. This means it...