Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center


Our Mission: Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (F-CNFAIC) is dedicated to enhancing avalanche awareness in Southcentral Alaska through information, outreach and partnerships.

F-CNFAIC • PO Box 242482 • Anchorage, AK 99524-2482
A 501(c)(3) Non profit organization since 2003 • Federal Tax ID: 68-0578518

The Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (F-CNFAIC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, organized to support and contribute to the educational and scientific activities provided for the public by the CNFAIC.

Formed in 2003, F-CNFAIC works to help bridge the gap between available US Forest Service funding and the actual expenses of operating the Center to protect the Center from yearly funding variations. F-CNFAIC plays a large role in supporting forecaster salaries, operating and maintaining weather instruments and webcams that are extremely valuable in assisting forecasters to interpret snow pack conditions. Most backcountry enthusiasts have come to rely on this instrumentation. In the past few winters we were able to establish weather stations at three additional sites in Southcentral Alaska: Seattle Ridge (with webcams), Fresno Ridge, and Marmot Ridge near Hatcher Pass.

F-CNFAIC is currently working in conjunction with the CNFAIC to accomplish several new goals. We rely on support from people like you, who recognize that our local backcountry is world-class, and who wish to be a part of promoting its safe use.