Avalanche Rescue Workshop – FREE – with CNFAIC at Turnagain Pass, Saturday Feb 11th!!

Join CNFAIC forecasters for a FREE hands-on and in-the-snow avalanche rescue workshop!!

This 1.5 hour informal rescue workshop is geared for all user groups. Grab your friends and join us before hitting the hills!!

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

WHEN:  Saturday, February 11th, 11:00am – 12:30pm

We will focus on practicing with your avalanche beacon, probe and shovel – so wear gear to walk and dig in the snow! We’ll also talk and work on strategic shoveling techniques and common mistakes.

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!

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


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CNFAIC Presentation on: The Turnagain Pass snowpack to date – at the Alaska Avalanche School – Jan 12th!!

Join CNFAIC forecasters for an evening of avalanche awareness and a discussion on how the snowpack in the Turnagain Pass region has shaped up so far. What weather events have impacted snow and avalanche conditions and what type of avalanche hazard are we facing at this time?

Please join us!!! January 12th, 630pm till 8pm at the Anchorage at the Alaska Avalanche School office (1025 Orca St. Unit 1N) !!

Additional details HERE.

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Fireside Chat: Dec 15th in Girdwood – FREE!!

Join CNFAIC forecasters for an evening of avalanche awareness with a focus on recognizing obvious clues and companion rescue. Is your avalanche rescue gear up to snuff? Are your beacon batteries fresh and is your beacon functioning properly? What about airbags?

Please join us in Girdwood at the Powder Hound Ski Shop Dec 15th from 6:30-8pm,
210 Arlberg Ave. Additional details HERE


Bear Tooth Fundraiser with Elyse Saugstad


Hailing from Girdwood, Elyse Saugstad is a third-generation Alaskan. Elyse is a professional skier who grew up in the mountains and on the wild rivers of our state. Her passion for the outdoors and love of speed led her to become one of the best women downhill racers in the country at the age of 16, with a long list of film credits and awards to her name.

Between 2007 and 2009, she won many International Freeride competitions and was crowned Freeride World Tour Champion in 2008. Since then, Elyse has turned her focus towards filming, winning Powder Magazine’s 14th Annual Video Award’s “Best Female Performance” for her segment in Teton Gravity Research’s Co-Lab edit. Elyse was the only female to be voted int

Elyse’s presentation will include insights into her experience as one of the skiers in the 2012 Tunnel Creek Avalanche in the Cascade Mountains, an enormous tragedy within the ski community that resulted in three fatalities and drew national media attention. She will discuss and objectively analyze the decisions, both small and large, that led to the incident.

General admission: $20

Buy tickets online!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Nov. 4th, 2016 – Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop!!

Mark your calendars for Friday November 4th, 2016! This will be the 4th annual ‘SAAW’ (Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop) and we have a great line-up scheduled. Space is always limited so get your tickets today!!

NEW for this year – 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. 

Schedule, Registration and more details on the event website at

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2016/17 CNFAIC Internship Program is taking applications

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center – 2016/17 Internship Program

Avalanche Center/ Winter Recreation- Intern
Location: Glacier Ranger District,145 Forest Station Road, Girdwood, AK

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center,

Timeframe: Minimum 2 month commitment (between December 2016 and March 2017)
This internship opportunity is open to students and aspiring snow/avalanche professionals seeking experience from a Forest Service Avalanche Center.

The application Period for CNFAIC’s Internship Program is open until JULY 22nd. Please see this link for more details if you are interested in applying! 2016/17 Internship Announcement.


Photo: 2014/15 CNFAIC Intern John Sykes analyzes the snowpack in the Kenai Mountains. This is one of many jobs performed as a CNFAIC intern!

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F-CNFAIC Survey – we NEED to hear from YOU!!

The Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center wants your feedback! This survey will give us an opportunity to hear how we’re doing and how we can better serve you. All responses will be kept confidential. Thank you for your participation and for being a part of our community!

Fill out the survey HERE. It takes 10-15 minutes. Thank you in advance!

Also see the CNFAIC 2016 Annual Report. The high-res version is HERE.


Glide Cracks and Tracks on Cornbiscuit. Photo: Jared Gross

Photo: Jared Gross captures glide cracks, glide avalanches and tracks on Cornbiscuit Ridge, Turnagain Pass, AK.

Hatcher Pass Observations

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center and Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center are pleased to announce the launch of an observations program partnership with Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center.

By clicking the “Observations” link on both and, users can now browse and submit Hatcher Pass observations. Data is mirrored on both sites giving Southcentral Alaska backcountry enthusiasts the ability to quickly browse recent snowpack and avalanche observations throughout the region.

The Chugach Avalanche Center observations program has been an overwhelming success in the Turnagain / Summit regions. Last season (2014/15) we received a total 320 observations (82 more than were submitted during the 2013/14 season) and already this season we have received over 200 observations. These observations play a crucial role in aiding CNFAIC forecasters when they write the advisories for these regions.

Our hope is that Hatcher Pass users will embrace the observations program in the same way Turnagain / Summit users have and begin regularly submitting observations and photos. These observations will help Hatcher Pass forecasters as they collect data for their next advisory.

Please submit your own observations and spread the word to others!


F-CNFAIC Raffle Tickets on-sale now

A limited number of F-CNFAIC raffle tickets are on sale now! Awesome prizes from Alaska Airlines, Alyeska Resort, Chugach Powder Guides, Talkeetna Air Taxi and Ortovox. Drawing to be held Feb 26th at TapRoot. Only 200 tickets sold, need not be present to win. Contact the F-CNFAIC through Facebook if you’re interested!


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