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Advisories: avalanche danger updates and weekend avalanche outlooks
Observations: recreational conditions in the greater Anchorage area
Education: statewide learning opportunities and online resources for getting “avy savvy”
Anchorage Backcountry Center mission:
- Enhance the safety, awareness, and enjoyment of visitors to Anchorage’s backyard mountain playground (Chugach State Park).
- Promote public lands, sustainable outdoor recreation, ecological consciousness, and environmentally responsible behavior.
- Contribute to Alaskan backcountry/mountain culture.
Anchorage Backcountry Center vision:
- Comprehensive outdoor information and education for Chugach State Park.
- An Anchorage citizenry that recognizes the immeasurable value of its public land resources, engages in sustainable outdoor recreation for individual and collective wellness, works towards improved sustainability in all domains of life through environmentally responsible behavior, and possesses an imminently necessary ecological consciousness.
- An inclusive, supportive, and diverse Alaskan backcountry/mountain culture.
Values & Philosophy
Diversity, equity, community, innovation, consciousness, respect, excellence, and FUN.
The fate of the human species is dependent on changing the way we live on this planet. Modern civilization has distanced humanity from its evolutionary heritage in the natural world. Outdoor recreation is a primary means of reconnecting individuals and communities to this heritage. However, outdoor recreation culture has historically been limited in terms of its socioeconomic reach; it has been dominated by affluence and ethnic homogeneity. A primary goal of the Anchorage Backcountry Center is to expand the socioeconomic reach of outdoor recreation.
As a grassroots and beyond volunteer project (i.e. volunteers that provide this programming not only donate countless hours of their time, but also fund this project from their own pockets) to provide a snow season safety and information program for Chugach State Park, we do not have funding and resources comparable to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (CNFAIC) – or even Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center (HPAC). If you would like to see us do more (and continue to exist in the future), please donate your time or money and solicit support from others for this project.
As many, or more, avalanche fatalities have occurred in Chugach State Park as have occurred in the mountains where information is provided by the CNFAIC and HPAC. Plus, Chugach State Park hosts Alaska’s most readily accessible avalanche terrain – and definitely the avalanche terrain that is accessed by the most unwitting users given its proximity to Alaska’s largest population center (the accident history attests to this: learn more here). We need your help to make this program a sustainable reality for future snow seasons! Read about the project and its roots here.
Please consider soliciting support from government representatives, the Department of Natural Resources (Alaska State Parks and Chugach State Park), and local businesses and organizations relevant to snow-season backcountry recreation. Your help is imperative for the development of a sustainable program.
We are seeking input from those interested in, or concerned with, the project to provide a sustainable backcountry snow safety program for Chugach State Park. For more details, read the document linked here. Questions and comments can be sent to email@example.com
Know Before You Go!