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

2016 SAAW flier

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!

Upper Snow Pit @ 3200'


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!


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!

SnoMoObs  trailer

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)


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.

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