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Avalanche Introduction & Refresher Workshop

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Avalanches are one of the most common and dangerous natural disasters in Alaska, and every Alaskan should be "avy savvy." Numerous avalanche casualties and fatalities in the state have resulted from ignorance and a lack of basic skills (like simply how to identify and avoid avalanche terrain). Did you know that potentially deadly avalanches threaten the state's most traveled highways (e.g. the Seward Highway just south of Anchorage), popular trails (e.g. Powerline, Crow Pass, and Falls Creek) and even popular sledding hills for kids (e.g. the modest hills just above the Glen Alps traihead below Flattop)?

The greater Anchorage area is bordered by the big mountains of the Chugach: a world-class recreational resource with year-round opportunities for fun and adventure. Visiting these mountains can greatly enhance your life, and it's important for wellbeing to enjoy the outdoors even in winter. However, avalanche danger exists in our mountains from at least October through May.

Whether you’re new to snowy mountains, or want a refresher, join the Anchorage Avalanche Center and Eagle River Nature Center for a day of learning in a wonderful setting. Whatever your background and interests are, you'll learn (or have the opportunity to brush up on) the skills and knowledge you need to keep yourself safe and comfortable in this environment.

The workshop will cover avalanche basics including recognition, management, and rescue. It will also address more general issues like proper preparation, gear, and attire for winter adventures. The learning will be multi-faceted, engaging, and is taught by a Masters-level professional outdoor educator with countless days experience in Alaska's mountains.

The fee for this workshop directly supports the grassroots Anchorage Avalanche Center and non-profit Eagle River Nature Center.

  • Parking fee for the Eagle River Nature Center is included in your registration.
  • Classroom location is in the main building: indoor restrooms and comfortable setting.
  • Please come prepared to be outside for at least one hour to learn and practice rescue skills.
  • Please bring whatever food and beverages you may need for the six hour duration of the program.
  • All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, or have parent/guardian sign a release of claims and provide health info), but all participants should be prepared for six hours of engaging learning
  • For questions and more information contact: info@anchorageavalanchecenter.org

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