Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center

fcnfaic_150Our 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

An official Pick.Click.Give. organization of Alaska.

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

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About Friends of the CNFAIC

The CNFAIC is a community supported avalanche center. Donating to Friends of the CNFAIC directly supports the forecasts and weather data you use on every backcountry adventure in Southcentral Alaska.

Friends of the CNFAIC is the official 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service. We work to:

  • Raise funds for the salaries of two professional avalanche forecasters, plus all of the CNFAIC’s necessary equipment, tools, and safety gear.
  • Maintain cnfaic.org (aka. ChugachAvalanche.org) where the public has FREE access to:
    • daily avalanche hazard advisories for the Turnagain Pass area throughout the winter ;
    • 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 NEW 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.
  • Educate our snow sports community about avalanche awareness to empower everyone to 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.

Board of Directors

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 who bring:

  • Passion for avalanche safety and education;
  • Enthusiasm to serve as an ambassador for avalanche safety in our community;
  • Experience serving on a nonprofit board of directors or working with a nonprofit organization;
  • Skills in fundraising, partnerships, event planning, communication tools, and financial management.

Please inquire via email.


Board Members

President
Brook Predeger

Vice President
Chris Yelverton

Secretary
Cortney Kitchen

Treasurer
Michael Smith

Directors
Josh Hegna
Ray Koleser
Raina Panarese
Wade Phillips
Travis Smith

Staff

Executive Director
Melissa Blair