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Latest News and Events:

  • January 25, 2016 – Hatcher Pass in the media spotlight. Read More Here
  • January 16, 2016 Avalanche fatality at Hatcher Pass <here>  A 24 year old on snowshoes with snowboard. Folks in the area located him by probe strike and dug him out, neither he or his partner had avalanche transceivers.
  • January 2, 2016 Avalanche fatality near Hatcher Pass: go to www.hatcherpassavalanchecenter.org for more details. ADN article.
  • As 2015 comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of our donors and supporters. It is with your help that we have served the needs of thousands of Alaskans and others interested in what’s happening with snow in Alaska. THANK YOU! It’s not too late to make a tax-deductible donation to help sustain the AAIC and our network of forecast centers or memorial scholarships. DONATE NOW!
  • Search suspended for missing skier, Liam Walsh, at Hatcher Pass Read More… Alaska Dispatch Link
  • With intense winter storms hitting Alaska this holiday season, think about your backcountry skills. Is it time to refresh or learn more about how to make informed decisions? Treat yourself or loved ones to the gift of a lifetime: an avalanche class.
  • Avalanche Awareness Workshops sponsored AARP Avalanche Awareness  by AARP
  • Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Mike O’Leary Memorial Avalanche Education Scholarship: James Smith, Jason Severs, John Tierney, and Kevin Salys.



  • AAIC participated September 19th at Mat-Su College for the annual Emergency Expo and Safety Fair; more than 300 people attended. AAIC hosted the Avalanche Disaster Experience thanks to support from the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union. Learn more at: Mat Su EPF
  • Support the AAIC through Fred Meyers. Link your Rewards Card today and every purchase you make will help AAIC. Learn More FMDonationProgram
  • Season Recap! The AAIC and all of our centers are proud of our 2014-2015 accomplishments. Check out our END OF SEASON REPORT
  • Alaska range climbers rescued May 11 after triggering avalanche <here>
  • AIARE offers innovative and standardized avalanche education – learn more.
  • Do you value avalanche information and education in Alaska? Show it by becoming a member of Alaska Avalanche Information Center. If you shop Amazon, support by selecting Alaska Avalanche Information Center as your charity at Amazon Smile.
  • Great job Arctic Man participants. Companion Rescue classes April 9-11, 2015 at Mile 198 Richardson Hwy. Summit Lake were a success.
  • Way to go Tailgate Alaska. Mountain Skills classes April 3-10, MP 29 Richardson Hwy were fun!
  • April 2, 2015 – Guide dies in Wrangell-St.Elias cornice fall 
  • April 4, 2015 – Beacons and Eggs – If you attended this event, please complete our feedback survey! This is the only way we receive support from the DPS for future programs
  • March 14, 2015 Cantwell Avalanche, snowmachiner killed
  • March 11, 2015 Heli-skier survives burial
  • AAIC has partnered with NAOI to bring a host of classes on Backcountry Safety to Alaska thanks to support from the Alaska Department of Public Safety – State Troopers. Learn More!
  • Check out our calendar for upcoming events and training opportunities
  • Check out the 2014 Alaska Snow Safety Summit report and information <here>
  • January 1, 2015: Thompson Pass snowmachiner buried <here>
  • December 18, 2014. Turnagain skier survived full burial
  • December 6, 2014. Alaska Range, Rainbow Ridge backcountry skier fatal avalanche Summary <here>. Survivor’s story as told by Alaska Dispatch News
  • Alaska Avalanche Courses for 2015-2016. Find an avalanche course near you.
  • Need financial assistance to take your avalanche course this winter? Read more about the Mike O’Leary Avalanche Education Scholarship
  • DCIM100MEDIAThe AAIC Executive director is Debra McGhan. Contact her by email at: dmcghan@alaskasnow.org
  • Think about snow and take this quiz to get 10% off avalanche gear from BCA.
  • Thank you to BCA. Stay tuned as our forecasters test the Tracker3 in the field.
  • Thank you Ortovox for the donation of 3+ transceivers for our forecasters and instructors. We look forward to sharing our thoughts and experiences with this new transceiver.
  • Heli ski guide dies following Haines avalanche March 15, 2014 <here>.
  • For those interested in the avalanche history of Denali National Park.
  • Looking for avalanche education specific for women? Backcountry Babes offers many courses in Alaska.
  • AAIC supports Alaska Safe Rider Snowmobile Safety Education.
  • AAIC earns the Governor’s Special Achievement Award at the 33rd annual Governor’s Safety Conference for our work to establish a statewide forecast and education network. Thanks to everyone for your support and work in helping to make this dream a reality. Full press release here: 03.05.14 Press Release
  • Alaska Avalanche Information Center received 2012 Governor’s Safety Award.
  • Avalanche forecasts now available on your smart phone. Download either the iOS or Android version of the app for free <here>.

Want to Learn More?:

— Check the Avalanche Courses page often for classes near you! Find avalanche education opportunities throughout Alaska.
— The Further Learning page is a huge library of online avalanche information.



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The Alaska Avalanche Information Center supports the Anchorage Avalanche Center, Cordova Avalanche Center, Haines Avalanche Center, Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center and Valdez Avalanche Center.

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