Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop scheduled for Nov 8th, 2019!

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 8th! The 7th Annual SAAW (Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop) will be again starting off our winter season. Guest speakers will include Ken Wylie from Canada and Jamie Yount from the Colorado Department of Transportation. Details found at the workshop website:

CNFAIC is hiring an avalanche forecaster – see details below!

The Chugach National Forest, Glacier Ranger District is currently seeking applicants for a GS-1341-07 Meteorological Technician. This is a full time 1039 hour temporary position located in Girdwood, AK. The vacancy announcement will be open in USA Jobs from 8/15-8/21/19. Please see the CNFAIC_Outreach_Notice for more details regarding the responsibilities and work environment of the position.  If you are interested, please follow the Vacancy Announcement link below to view additional details and submit your application.

Position: GS-1341-07 Meteorological Technician

Duty Location:  Girdwood, AK

Vacancy Announcement Number: 20-TEMP1-NAT-3803-7DT-RO

Posting Dates: Opens 8/15/19 & Closes 8/21/19

Primary Contact: Wendy Wagner, 907-229-9060 or

Forest Service Outreach Notice

OUTREACH PDF link:  CNFAIC_Outreach_GS7_2019

2020 Internship Program application is up – Deadline July 29th!

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center 2020 Internship Program

The CNFAIC is currently accepting applications for next season’s Internship Program! Closing date is July 29th, 2019. 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!

Photos: Past CNFAIC interns in the field. If you are interested please take a look at the application on the link above and reach out to us!

Nikki Champion 2019                Sam Galoob and Jessie Haffener 2018

Conrad Chapman 2017                                        John Sykes 2015

We need your help to make avalanche forecasts work better for you!

Please join the US and Canada in this joint survey looking into how to better serve you – the users!! We want to hear from all types of backcountry recreationalists, at every level, especially those that are just beginning to use the avalanche forecast. The survey takes around 30 minutes. Keep in mind those minutes could make a huge difference in making changes to how avalanche danger is conveyed and ultimately save more lives.

Survey link: HERE.

Participants will also be entered to win $500, so don’t delay!

Thank you from the CNFAIC staff as well as the forecast centers in the US and Canada.

Turnagain Pass 20 years later. Swing by the motorized lot on March 23rd!!

Turnagain Pass 20 years later:
Meet the forecasters, bring your GEAR, bring your questions!

On Saturday, March 23rd from 12-2pm swing by the Turnagain Pass motorized parking lot and meet the CNFAIC avalanche forecasters, bring and test your avalanche rescue gear, ask questions and learn about the history of Turnagain Pass and the avalanche center. We’ll even have a few beacons buried so you can test your skills before heading into the hills!

Twenty years ago, on March 21st, 1999, six snowmachiners lost their lives in a large avalanche on Seattle Ridge in the heart of Turnagain Pass. In the wake of this tragic event, the US Forest Service’s Glacier Ranger Station formed an avalanche information center, which is now the CNFAIC. Please join us in commemorating the lives lost by taking a few minutes to talk avalanche awareness and check that your rescue gear is in order. 

Upcoming events:

UPCOMING EVENTS: Check out our calendar page for upcoming events and course offerings from local education providers!

Don’t forget that the Know Before You Go program has recently launched their online tutorials to gear you up for your avalanche course – see those at!!

Upcoming Events hosted by CNFAIC!!

Stories from Sunburst at Powder Hound Ski Shop, Girdwood – FREE

December 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.  Join Heather Thamm, for an evening discussion on avalanche safety and awareness.

More details on these and other events on our Calendar page!



Apply NOW! Avalanche Education Scholarships offered through F-CNFAIC

The Friends of the CNFAIC have two scholarships dedicated to avalanche education. The funds generated to make these possible are in celebration of Rob Hamel and Amy Downing, their love and passion for the mountains, and to help others stay safe. We encourage you to read each one and apply if you fit the need, or pass along to someone who could benefit. Applications due on Dec 1st.

Rob Hamel Scholarship Fund – For recreational users and professional avalanche workers.

Amy Downing Scholarship Fund – For recreational users.

Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop – Nov 9, 2018

Mark your calendars for Friday November 9th when the 6th annual ‘SAAW’ (Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop) kicks off the 2019 winter season!! We have an amazing line-up scheduled for this one day workshop including, special guest speaker Scott Savage from the Sawtooth Avalanche Center!

REMEMBER – the afternoon session is FREE!! This session runs from 1pm-4:30pm and will focus on topics relevant to not only avalanche professionals but recreational backcountry users. 

Full schedule, Registration and more details will be posted on the event website

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