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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 is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Level 1 and Level 2 leader. He has 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.