GET the GEAR: Ensure everyone has an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe on their person and hows how to use them.
GET the TRAINING: Take an avalanche course.
GET the FORECAST: Make a riding plan based on the current avalanche and weather forecast.
GET the PICTURE: If you see recent avalanche activity, unstable snow exists. Riding on or underneath steep slopes is dangerous.
GET OUT OF HARM’S WAY: Don’t go to help your stuck friend. One at a time on all avalanche slopes. Don’t group up in runout zones.
NEWS and EVENTS…..
- Avalanche fatality near Gulkana Glacier April 11, 2016
- Avalanche fatality near Courage Mountain, Hoodoo Mountains April 3, 2016
- Avalanche fatality near Nelchina Glacier Feb.27, 2016
- Avalanche fatality Grubstake Gulch, southwest of Hatcher Pass Jan.2, 2016
- Snow Safety Workshops: this one was in Valdez. Does your club, group or community want to co-host a motorized workshop? Contact email@example.com to work together.
- Full-burial avalanche survivor stories from Summit Lake area: November 14 & November 28, 2015
- Avalanche Basics and Rescue courses, Alaska Avalanche School February 20 & March 5, 2016.
- The Hunt for Zipper Mouth Creek : a social media tool to raise awareness and educate the motorized community about the importance of avalanche prevention. YOUR kickstarter support will make it happen!
- Thank you to HybridColor Productions WINTER PROJECT. The Valdez showing raised $725 for the Mike O’Leary Avalanche Education Scholarship. This benefits rural riders who need financial assistance in taking their avalanche course.
- Check out THROTTLE DECISIONS: a video series for riding safety.
- A Life Saved – video about a rider in Utah
- Rider spotlight: Jeremy Hanke almost died in an avalanche
- Interesting article on riding mentors; Snoriders online.
- Give the gift of a lifetime, sign you and yours up for an avalanche class. Gain knowledge and skills that will help you LIVE TO RIDE ANOTHER DAY.
- Snowmachine Avalanche Basics & Rescue Field Day – February 15, 2015. 1 day course. Location: Turnagain Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
- North Road Productions and Peninsula Snowmachine shops are teaming with avalanche educators for 2014-2015 bringing riding safety information to Kenai
- What about Snow-bikes? A new and different way to play in the mountains.
New Studies on snowmobile culture: How Mountain Snowmobilers Adjust Their Riding Preferences in Response to Avalanche Hazard Information Available at Different Stages of Backcountry Trips
AAIC supports Alaska Snow Rider Snowmobile Safety Education
- Snowmachine and Avalanche Safety Instructors needed! Alaska needs riders who share responsible mountain travel habits…become an instructor and help Alaskans LIVE TO RIDE ANOTHER DAY!
- New research on how skiers and snowmobiles stress the snowpack
Quick Links for Snowmachiners
- Alaska Avalanche Courses
- Alaska State Parks Trails Program
- Snowrider Magazine
- SnoWest Forum Site active with AK riders
- ZacsTracs Canadian Snowmobile Specific Avalanche Skills Training
- Soul Rides Avalanche Education
- Forest Service Avalanche Awareness
- Sledding Safety – CAA
- What’s Next Snowmobile Specific Avalanche Education? – AAIC
- Avalanche Awareness for Snowmobilers
- Valdez Snowmachine Club
- Fairbanks Snow Travelers
- Anchorage Snowmobile Club
- AK DEEP with AAIC instructor Mike Buck
- Check out AAIC instructors‘ article in Snowmobile Storm
- Read results from 2010’s Avalanche Training for Sledders Survey
Snowmachines have the ability to cover significantly more terrain than other backcountry travelers. As a result, snowmachiners have the potential to expose themselves to much more avalanche terrain. Good routes and travel habits can reduce the risk of getting caught in a slide.
Do you have the avalanche skills to live to ride another day?
Think about your group…do they have the skills to dig you out?
The Alaska Avalanche Information Center is working with AIARE to assist in the development of curriculum for snowmobile specific avalanche education in the US. We have been working towards this goal for several years, making headway towards the development and implementation of pertinent and effective avalanche education designed specifically for snowmobilers. If you have ideas or want to schedule a snowmachine specific class for your riding group or club, please contact us.