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November 2017

Girdwood Brewing – Another Evening with the Smileys!!

November 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Girdwood Brewing Company,
2700 Alyeska Hwy Girdwood, AK 99587 United States
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Mark and Janelle Smiley are a husband-wife duo that have spent the last seven years climbing the “50 Classic Climbs of North America” based off a book written by Alan Steck and Steve Roper in 1979. No one has climbed all 50 and they are the closest, having summited 48. Mark is a professional photographer, filmmaker, speaker and mountain guide and Janelle is a professional athlete and Holistic Life Guide (a unique profession which combines mountain guiding and life coaching…

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December 2017

FREE Snowmachine Avalanche Awareness with CNFAIC @ AMDS

December 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Alaska Mining and Diving Supply (AMDS),
3222 Commercial Dr. Anchorage, AK 99501 United States
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Join CNFAIC forecasters Graham Predeger and Heather Thamm at Alaska Mining and Diving Supply to talk about lessons learned from past avalanche events and get your brain in gear for avalanche season. Free and open to everyone who likes to ride in the backcountry or anyone who is thinking about trying it! AMDS will have some avalanche safety gear on sale that night. Hope to see you all there!  

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Tuesday Nights at Ski AK: Alaska Avalanche School offerings explained!

December 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
530 East Benson Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99503 United States
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The Alaska Avalanche School will discuss the various program offerings they have for this season and their availability. Programs include Level 1&2 Avalanche, Pro-1 Bridge, Pro-Level1&2 Hut Based courses, Intro and Adv. Weather and Rescue workshops and Know-Before-You-Go… so get smart, and enjoy the Backcountry!

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AAIC Backcountry Riders Workshop

December 9, 2017 - December 10, 2017
Eureka Lodge,
Mile 128 Glenn Highway Glennallen, AK 99588 United States
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The Alaska Avalanche Information Center will host a two-day backcountry travel workshop Dec. 9-10 at Eureka Lodge. The first day is free thanks to support from the Alaska Department of Public Safety and will cover information and practice skills for safe winter travel. The second day will cover rider’s specific skills and is just $100 thanks to AARP Alaska. Register or learn more at

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AAIC Avalanche Rescue

December 9, 2017
Arctic Valley Ski Area,
Arctic Valley Rd, Fort Richardson Anchorage, AK 99505 United States

Alaskans who live, play, and work in avalanche terrain need AVALANCHE RESCUE skills. Knowing how to respond to an avalanche emergency can save lives. Learn up-to-date and best practices of avalanche rescue: How to effectively organize an avalanche search Efficient methods of using an avalanche transceiver, probe, and shovel How to attend to and evacuate an avalanche victim This class adheres to the American Avalanche Association guidelines for the recreational avalanche rescue.

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Know Before You Go – Avalanche Awareness, Seward Library

December 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Seward City Library,
239 6th Ave Seward,
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Join CNFAIC forecaster Aleph Johnston-Bloom and CNFAIC professional observer Alex McLain for an introduction to avalanche recognition and rescue. The class will be in the classroom for the first half and then move outside for some hands-on beacon practice.

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AAIC Women’s Avalanche Level 1

December 15, 2017 - December 17, 2017
Anchorage, AK 99501 United States

Women, get “Avy Savvy!” in Alaskas’ backcountry. This 3-day/24hr training is in an all-women atmosphere with women instructors. It follows the the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and American Avalanche Association standards and is geared toward teaching women in an engaging and fun environment the level 1 basics of avalanche safety education. Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain Recognize avalanche terrain Develop a personal framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain. Learn to apply…

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CNFAIC Fireside Chat: Blue & Gold Boardshop

December 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blue and Gold Boardshop,
11124 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99515 Anchorage, AK 99515 United States
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Avalanche Specialist, Heather Thamm will be presenting, “Lessons Learned from Avalanche Accidents”. Each season Blue & Gold works in conjunction with the staff of the Chugach National Forrest Avalanche Information Center to present talks to help introduce avalanche awareness and safety to the snow sport community. This fireside chat will take the form of a storytelling evening with emphasis on the lessons to be learned from accidents experienced in the mountains we love to play in. These events are a…

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CNFAIC Fireside Chat: Avalanche Lessons Learned from Last Season, Powder Hound Ski Shop

December 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Powder Hound Ski Shop,
210 Arlberg Ave Girdwood, 99587 United States
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Join CNFAIC avalanche specialist Aleph Johnston-Bloom for an evening awareness discussion of avalanche lessons learned from last season and a quick look at how this season’s snowpack is shaping up. Open to everyone. Hope to see you all there!

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AAS Level 1 Avalanche Course, Juneau, Alaska

December 26, 2017 - December 28, 2017
Eaglecrest Ski Area,
Juneau, AK United States

This intensive, hands-on course is geared toward skiers, boarders, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts who want to build winter backcountry skills. The Level 1 course combines classroom time and field sessions to provide a comprehensive overview of avalanche hazard recognition and evaluation. By the end of the three-day course, graduates will be able to: Make a trip plan Gather pertinent information Know what kind of avalanche problem they face Know the patterns of that problem Choose appropriate terrain for the…

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