Friends of the CAC

Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center Logo About Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center

Since 2003, Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center is the official cost-share partner of the U.S. Forest Service Glacier Ranger District in Girdwood, Alaska. Support from our members, sponsors and partners bridges the gap between limited federal funding and the actual costs of operating the avalanche forecast center.

Donating to Friends of the CAC directly supports the avalanche forecasts and weather data you use on every backcountry adventure in Southcentral Alaska. Your support is saving lives by helping Friends:

  • Raise funds for the salaries of two professional avalanche forecasters, plus all of the CNFAIC’s necessary equipment, tools, and safety gear.
  • Maintain where the public has FREE access to:
    • essential daily avalanche hazard advisories for the Turnagain Pass area;
    • data from our remote weather stations and webcams in all your favorite local playgrounds from Hatcher Pass to Arctic Valley, Glen Alps, Turnagain Pass, and our newest site at Lost Lake near Seward ; and
    • the community observations platform where you can submit photos and info to inform the forecasters of avalanche incidents and snow conditions.
  • Build an avy savvy recreation community so we can all explore and enjoy the backcountry more safely. See our events calendar!
  • Award scholarships for beginner to advanced avalanche training courses. Apply now! Due December 1.


JOIN US! Would you like to support the CNFAIC, promote safe use of our awesome local backcountry, and have fun working together with Friends? We are always interested in meeting with potential volunteers and board members who bring:

  • Passion for avalanche safety and education;
  • Enthusiasm to serve as an ambassador for avalanche awareness in our community;
  • Experience managing a nonprofit or serving on a board of directors;
  • Skills and enthusiasm for
    • fundraising and partnerships,
    • event planning and promotion,
    • design and communications,
    • website maintenance,
    • weather station and webcam maintenance,
    • nonprofit finance management.

Please inquire via email.

Our Mission

Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (CNFAIC) is dedicated to enhancing avalanche awareness in Southcentral Alaska through information, outreach and partnerships. We work to bridge the gap between limited federal funding and the actual expenses of operating the CNFAIC.

Friends of the CNFAIC • PO Box 242482 • Anchorage, AK 99524-2482
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization since 2003 • Federal Tax ID: 68-0578518

We are an official Pick.Click.Give. organization of Alaska.

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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