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It’s PFD time and that means PICK, CLICK, GIVE!

The Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center is an official Pick. Click. Give. organization. When you apply for your PFD please consider supporting your public avalanche center.  Even if you have already applied for your PFD, you have until March 31st log back in and donate – it’s not too late. 

Roughly half of the Avalanche Center budget relies on public support and every little bit helps! These funds allows us to provide the best possible services, including daily avalanche forecasts, weather station installation and maintenance and avalanche education scholarships for the public.  Thank you to all of our donors past, present and future!


FREE Avalanche Rescue Workshop – Hatcher Pass – Sunday March 15th

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Join CNFAIC forecasters, HPAC forecasters and Alaska Avalanche School this Sunday for a 1.5 hour informal avalanche rescue workshop before hitting the hills at Hatcher Pass!!
WHEN:  Sunday, March 15th 11:00am-12:30pm

WHERE:  Hatcher Pass (Gold Mint parking lot) – Look for the blue CNFAIC Avalanche trailer.

Practice with your avalanche beacon, learn strategic shoveling techniques and meet local and regional forecasters and educators!

Don’t forget to bring your rescue gear: avalanche beacon, shovel, probe. We will have extras to borrow as well.

This workshop is open to everyone and anyone, novices and experts, that recreate in avalanche terrain – snowmachiners, skiers, kicker-builders, etc!! Practicing our rescue skills is a must for all of us. This workshop will be a fun hour that could help save a life in the future. See you on Sunday!

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“The Unrideables: Alaska Range” Special Screening!

Barely a decade old, speedriding is a high-speed, high stakes mountain sport that fuses elements of skiing and parachute flight. This hybrid approach to the alpine gives its intrepid practitioners access to terrain that would otherwise be inaccessible.

In The Unrideables: Alaska Range, one of the foremost experts on human flight, Jon DeVore, sets out with a team of elite aerial athletes to evolve the sport in North America’s most remote and demanding mountain environment.

Join us for the Alaska Premiere. Doors open at 7:00pm. Showtime at 7:30pm. All ages welcome.

Tickets available at

The event will benefit the Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center and the Alaska Avalanche School


Thank you for making SNOWBALL 2015 was a success!

Our first Annual Snowball 2015 has come and gone. Thank you to the bands who provided great music, the local vendors who donated SWAG, The Taproot for a perfect gathering place, the volunteers for all your labor, and the attendees for making it worth it! We also want to thank our local avalanche forecasters and Alaska Avalanche School for giving us all a reason to celebrate, donate, educate and recreate safely in multiple venues at this time of year!! Now time to start planning for next year’s Snowball!

Check out some photos HERE and HERE!

2015 SNOWBALL – Save the Date !!

Iron those Carhartts, break out the sequins, and dust off the bolo…its Snowball time! Please join the Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center and Alaska Avalanche School at Taproot for an “Alaskan Formal” night at 7pm on February 27th. We’ve got Hot Club of Nunaka and Rabbit Creek Ramblers to tickle your ears, Taproot apps for your belly, and Midnight Sun brew for your mind. In addition to door prizes and swag for sale, we’ll also have our Annual Raffle.

So, come on out and support avalanche information and education! The 7-9pm session is $40, includes two beers and light fare, and will feature Hot Club of Nunaka. On a budget? Pre-game with some ramen and High Life at home, then show up at 9pm with $10, and catch Rabbit Creek Ramblers. You’ll still be eligible for door prizes, and can gloat in person when you win the Annual Raffle.


Free Awareness and Turnagain Snowpack Talk at REI, Tuesday Feb. 3rd!

Join CNFAIC forecaster John Fitzgerald for an evening of general avalanche awareness and a discussion on the state of the snowpack at Turnagain Pass! Curious how the snowpack has shaped up so far? What does this mean for a hopeful return to winter in February? Come join in on the discussion Tuesday evening and bring your burning questions.

This event will be held at REI Anchorage from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and is FREE.

Sign up on REI’s website HERE !!

Backcountry Film Festival and Fundraiser for F-CNFAIC and AAS!!

Backcountry Film Fest and Fundraiser for the AAS and F-CNFAIC
Presented by APU Outdoor Studies Department and Alaska Avalanche School


Winter Wildlands Alliance’s 10th Annual Backcountry Film Festival features nine films that celebrate the human-powered winter wilderness experience, including one by local adventurer and filmmaker Luc Mehl.

Join Alaska Avalanche School and the Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center for a night of great entertainment, raffle prizes, and a chance to rekindle your winter stoke!

Where: Alaska Pacific University’s Grant Hall Theater

Doors open at 6:30 and films begin at 7:00.

Tickets are available at the door only. $15 general public, $10 with student ID.


No snow down low, but it is slowly getting deeper up high!

Keep doing your snow dances!! Although there is little snow at the Turnagain Pass road elevation, it has been snowing quite a bit in the upper elevations! Make sure to check the daily advisory if you are headed out in search of the white stuff.

Upcoming Events: Avalanche Rescue, Free Snowpack Talk and more

Check out our Calendar tab above for upcoming events!! A wide range of events are on tap, from our final Fireside Chat on Snowpack and Weather, Free Avalanche Rescue workshops on Turnagain Pass and more. Even though the snowpack is thin at the lower elevations, we are still moving ahead with our hands-on Avalanche Rescue Workshops.

Heightened Avalanche Conditions expected for Christmas Week

As Christmas Break and the Holiday Season begin, stay tuned to the avalanche conditions on the daily advisory! We had one very close call with a skier buried in an avalanche on December 17th (skier is uninjured). This was due to an unstable snowpack. Unfortunately, the nature of this particular instability is expected to persist into the Holidays. More details on the advisory page.

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