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Avalanche Rescue Workshop at Turnagain Pass – FREE!!

Join CNFAIC forecasters on Sunday, December 20th for a 1.5 hour informal avalanche rescue workshop before hitting the hills!!

WHEN:  Sunday, December 20th 11:00am-12:30pm

WHERE:  Turnagain Pass (Motorized parking lot) – Look for the blue CNFAIC Avalanche trailer.

Practice with your avalanche beacon, learn strategic shoveling techniques and meet local forecasters!

Don’t forget to bring your rescue gear: avalanche beacon, shovel, probe. We will have extras to borrow as well.

This workshop is open to everyone and anyone, novices and experts, that recreate in avalanche terrain – snowmachiners, skiers, kicker-builders, etc!! Practicing our rescue skills is a must for all of us. This workshop will be a fun hour that could help save a life in the future. See you there!

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Fireside Chat #2 – Avalanche RESCUE – Dec 10th!!

Join us again this winter for our wildly popular Fireside Chat series! Forecasters will present a different topic each night ranging from Human Factors to snowpack and avalanche formation. Fireside chats will be held in Girdwood AND Anchorage! As always, these seminars will be fun, informative and free!

Topic for Thursday Dec 10th (6:30-8:00pm):  

                 Avalanche Awareness: RESCUE.

Presented by: Heather Thamm

Venue: The Alaska Avalanche School (Anchorage)

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Note:  The rest of the Fireside chats will be held on Thursday nights both at the Alaska Avalanche School (Anchorage) and the Glacier Ranger Station (Girdwood).  Check the calendar for all the details!

Fade To Winter

Next Thursday – November 19 at 6:30 and 9pm we’re hosting Fade To Winter – Match Stick Productions ski movie fundraiser for the Alaska Avalanche School and the Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center. Presented locally by Rossignol Skis. Come out for a run night!

Get tickets here!

MSP Films, the most highly decorated ski film company in the world, proudly introduces FADE TO WINTER, the latest in a long line of groundbreaking films from the production powerhouse.

Following on the heels of the award-winning films MCCONKEY and DAYS OF MY YOUTH, MSP’s newest feature film highlights the top athletes of today and their unfaltering dedication to the sport of skiing. Even when faced with challenging weather and conditions, MSP’s all-star cast of skiers dug deep within themselves to find the best in each experience. “It is just skiing, after all,” says executive producer Murray Wais, “and this roster of skiers that we’ve assembled for FADE TO WINTER takes the same pleasure in a day on the hill as you or I do.”

MSP’s 23rd annual ski film focuses on fun, because that is what skiing is all about first-timers and professionals alike share that same mentality. Whether chasing deep powder in Japan, ripping with local groms in New England, searching for new lines in Alaska, or building backcountry jumps in Iceland, every aspect of this compelling new film showcases the inner spirit of every skier’s burning desire to get out on the snow.

We are wrapping up the 2014/2015 forecast season but avalanche season continues

We are currently issuing advisories 5 days a week until our final advisory on Thursday, April 30th.  Advisories will be posted at 7 am each day except Mondays and Wednesdays.

There is still plenty of snow at the mid and higher elevations and that means avalanche season is not over! Springtime avalanche conditions remain along with avalanche conditions due to storms that roll through. We will be posting a final report on May 1st that focuses on the various avalanche tips associated with springtime weather.

SPECIAL AVALANCHE BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS WEEKEND!

UPDATE: EXPIRED ON APRIL 4TH

SPECIAL AVALANCHE BULLETIN

APRIL 3RD THROUGH SUNDAY APRIL 5TH

 Click HERE for PDF version

A SPECIAL AVALANCHE BULLETIN HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR TURNAGAIN PASS, PORTAGE VALLEY, GIRDWOOD VALLEY AND SURROUNDING ZONES.

SPRINGTIME WEATHER AND AN UNSTABLE SNOWPACK WILL LEAD TO DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS IN THE BACKCOUNTRY THIS WEEKEND. LARGE HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE POSSIBLE ON STEEP, SHADY SLOPES WITH A NORTHERLY ASPECT. NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE POSSIBLE ON SOUTHERLY SLOPES IN THE AFTERNOONS WITH DAYTIME HEATING AND INTENSE SUNSHINE.

  TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMNEDED WITHOUT PROPER AVALANCHE TRAINING AND RESCUE GEAR. CAUTIOUS ROUTE-FINDING AND CONSERVATIVE DECISION-MAKING ARE ESSENTIAL. THIS AVALANCHE BULLETIN IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY APRIL 3RD THROUGH MIDNIGHT SUNDAY APRIL 5TH, 2015. THIS IS A BACKCOUNTRY BULLETIN AND DOES NOT INCLUDE SKI AREAS, HIGHWAYS, OR RAILROADS.

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PO Box 129 Girdwood, AK 99587

Hotline 907/754-2369  Voice 907/783-3242  Fax 907/783-2094

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Cantwell Avalanche Accident Report is Out

The Cantwell avalanche accident report is finished. Please take a few minutes to read and share this with your crew. Some valuable lessons to be learned. A huge thanks to the witnesses/rescuers for sharing this story with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center.

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March 14th, 2015 – Squaw Creek Avalanche Accident, near Cantwell, Alaska
One snowmachiner caught, fully buried, recovered and flown to an Anchorage area hospital with serious injuries, later succumbed to injuries on 18 March 2015.

 

It’s PFD time and that means PICK, CLICK, GIVE!

The Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center is an official Pick. Click. Give. organization. When you apply for your PFD please consider supporting your public avalanche center.  Even if you have already applied for your PFD, you have until March 31st log back in and donate – it’s not too late. 

Roughly half of the Avalanche Center budget relies on public support and every little bit helps! These funds allows us to provide the best possible services, including daily avalanche forecasts, weather station installation and maintenance and avalanche education scholarships for the public.  Thank you to all of our donors past, present and future!

 



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