Greetings from the Alaska Avalanche School!
As our 2015-16 season draws to a close, we want to thank each and every one of you who joined us for one of our workshops, avalanche education courses, free talks, and/or fundraisers! We couldn't do what we do without the support of Alaska's Southcentral community - our season was a great success! Thank you!
Special thanks to everyone who donated part of their Alaskan PFD to us through Pick.Click.Give., as well as the numerous individuals who supported us directly and through our Dusty Woster Scholarship Fund. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Outdoor Research, Backcountry Access and Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs - you guys are all the best in the business! And, finally, we want to extend our appreciation to the Pumpkin Hill Foundation for their generous grant which helped fund our Know Before You Go programming, in addition to financing key staff development.
Planning for 2017 will continue through the summer months with a variety of new offerings in the works - check back in early September for updates and next season's course schedule. Finally, we are initiating a search for a new Executive Director. See our staff page for details, or click here for the job description.
All the best from AAS!
AAS Instructor team (most of them at least) during our 2015-16 staff training.
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 day-and-a-half format of our snowmachine courses minimizes classroom time and gets you into the field where you’ll ride and practice rescue with expert instructors with a passion for the snowmachine community. 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 that can be customized to the interests and schedule of your organization or group. Custom courses may include curriculum from one of our standard courses and taught by our professional instructors, or we can work with you on a custom curriculum tailored to your needs. 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.