This page contains resources for further reading on various avalanche subjects. Spend some time here to learn more about our local avalanche issues, research, and historical information.
General Avalanche Information
- Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop website
- Avalanche Problem Toolbox: Travel advice for the different avalanche problems
- Avalanche Problem Descriptions: Detailed descriptions for the icons we use in our forecasts.
- Avalanche Glossary: This glossary contains excerpts from “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain”, by Bruce Tremper.
CNFAIC Annual Reports
- 2016 – 2017 Annual Report (Download high-res version HERE)
- 2015 – 2016 Annual Report (Download high-res version HERE)
- 2014 – 2015 Annual Report
- 2013 – 2014 Annual Report
- 2012 – 2013 Annual Report
- 2011 – 2012 Annual Report
- 2010 – 2011 Annual Report
- Seward Highway Avalanche Atlas: Downloadable pdf with maps, from the state of Alaska.
- Historical look at avalanche fatalities in Denali National Park: ISSW 2012 paper by Kevin Wright and Tucker Chenoweth. This paper offers insights into the mechanisms and frequency that climbers in the Alaska range are killed by avalanches. Good reading if you are planning a climbing or ski trip to the big mountains of Alaska.
- Investigating the Snow Climate of Turnagain Pass: ISSW 2012 paper by Wendy Wagner.
- The Alaska Factor: This chapter from Joe Stock’s guidebook to our region covers specific avalanche problems that may be uncommon outside our region.
- Snow, Weather, and Avalanches – Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States: Confused about all the detailed vernacular? This publication from the American Avalanche Association is the official key to all avalanche observation criteria. The SWAG manual is a required handbook for a level 2 avalanche course.
- Avalanche Climatology of Alyeska Alaska: This paper by Cary Mock researches the climate characteristics of Alyeska resort based on 20 years of weather data. Climate conditions most closely resemble Alta, Utah and Mount Hood, Oregon when compared to other ski areas in North America.