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Fri, February 05, 2021

Bear Point Avalanche Accident

The preliminary report from the Bear Point avalanche accident has been posted. https://www.cnfaic.org/accidents/27764/ On February 2nd, three climbers ascending a 2,500 foot steep and narrow gully on the northwest face of Bear Point were caught, carried and partially buried in an avalanche that released near the top of the gully. All three climbers were killed. This report was primarily compiled by the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group. Thank you to this group of volunteers, the Alaska State Troopers, the AST Aviation...

Wed, February 03, 2021

Recording of Forecaster Chat #4 is up: Head on a Swivel! Snowmachine Specific.

See link below to the recording of our snowmachine specific discussion with Graham Predeger and snowmachine educator and rider Tim Thomas from Haines! https://youtu.be/gOORr0oCnFo Topics: Good riding habits, what they are and how we can use them to keep us safer in the backcountry. Including a look into what makes a good riding partner. What does it mean to ride 'effectively solo'? We'll look at recent accidents that could have been avoided with simply following some basic good habits and...

Sun, January 17, 2021

Recording of Forecaster Chat #3- How the Sausage is Made: What goes into an avalanche forecast?

In case you weren't able to join us (or if you wanted to revisit part of the conversation), you can watch Forecaster Chat #3 here. A big thank you goes out to Karl Birkeland, director of the National Avalanche Center, to join us for a discussion involving the North American Avalanche Danger Scale, the process of avalanche forecasting, and how to put an avalanche forecast to use. Thanks also to everybody that asked all of those good questions, it made...

Thu, December 17, 2020

Recording of Forecaster Chat # 2 – Persistent and Deep Persistent Slab Avalanches is up!

If you missed our live Zoom CNFAIC Forecaster Chat with forecaster Aleph Johnston-Bloom on Dec 15th,  check the recording out on the link below! Big thank you to Allie Barker and Jed Workman from Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center for being guest stars and sharing great info and discussion. Recorded Version is HERE!!! What's included: What to expect: An overview of how persistent weak layers form A few notable Persistent Slab/DPS avalanche cycles from the Turnagain Pass forecast area Special Guests HPAC...

Wed, December 09, 2020

Pandemic Pandemonium – What does increasing numbers in the backcountry mean and what can we do about it?

Please take a minute to read Graham Predeger's article below his video addressing this winter's expected increase in backcountry use and how we might be able to make the best of it! The PDF version can be found HERE. https://youtu.be/38X4n5P2S1I   Another worthy read is an article by Outside Online that boils down a very interesting study by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center regarding who is ending up in more accidents with more and more people using the backcountry. HINT-...