The 2015-2016 Schedule is now available for Registration ONLINE!!!!!
We are very excited for the new season!
Thanks to everyone who recently attended the 3rd annual Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop (SAAW), Greg Hill's "Mountain Lessons" presentation at the Bear Tooth Theater Pub, and Matchstick Productions's "Fade to Winter" ski film at UAA! All events were wildly successful and we sincerely appreciate the support of our snow loving community.
Winter in Southcentral is shaping up super well after a series of nice November storms. Please stay tuned for upcoming AAS events and don't hesitate to contact us for information on our courses, workshops and avalanche awareness talks.
Check out our new profile page on "Medium" where we'll be profiling a number of staff in celebration of our 40th Anniversary. These folks are the current core, a few beacons from our past, and those that represent our shining future. We also want to use “Medium” as a platform to discuss current snow safety research, decision making while traveling in avalanche terrain, and the overall state of avalanche education.
The Alaska Avalanche School Welcomes Our New Director
Jeremy has a diverse background in avalanche education, ski patrolling, and mountain guiding with 25 years of experience in avalanche terrain. He is the former North American Program Director for Mountain Madness (MM) and has guided domestically and internationally for MM and the American Alpine Institute. He has been trained as an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 and Level 2 Course leader, served on the Advisory Council for the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC), as well as worked on NWAC's Professional Observer team. During 2004-2006, he worked as a visiting Alaska Avalanche School (AAS) instructor alongside veterans Nancy Pfeiffer and Blaine Smith. This was a critical and successful period in the schools growth. Jeremy is a published photographer and skilled carpenter and continues to climb, ski and explore the mountains of this world as much as possible. He is proud to serve as AAS’s new Executive Director as the school moves into its fourth decade.
Our active, hands-on courses spend time both in the classroom and in the field at some of Southcentral Alaska’s classic winter recreation destinations. You can expect professional instructors from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom have many seasons of experience in the unique Alaskan backcountry. All courses meet the American Avalanche Association (AAA) curriculum guidelines and students receive a certificate of completion.
The one-day format of our snowmachine-specific courses minimizes classroom time and gets you into the field, where you’ll ride and practice rescue with expert sled instructors. Based on the five-point national avalanche safety campaign, our snowmachine courses help riders to: 1) Get the Gear, 2) Get the Training, 3) Get the Forecast, 4) Get the Picture, and 5) Get out of Harm’s Way.
AAS offers courses customized to the interests and schedules of your organization or group—military, school group, etc. Custom courses may include curriculum from one of our standard courses taught by professional instructors at the location of your choice. We also offer the opportunity to arrange a day of backcountry skiing or riding with a professional instructor, who can give you or your small group a more personalized “private lesson” to hone your avalanche skills and decision-making.