Welcome to the 2015-16 snow season!

Win a prize for submitting quality observations!  Thanks to generous support from Patagonia, Black Diamond, Voile, and Gu we’ll be giving a prize to the ten best Chugach State Park snow, weather, and avalanche observers of the season!  Submit your observations via the observations page, email, or via Facebook.  At the end of May, AAC staff and volunteers will choose ten winners and rank 1-10 with the first place winner getting first choice of prize…etc.  You don’t have to be a snow nerd; quality photos and conditions reports are as valuable as snowpits!

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Upcoming FREE backcountry-avalanche education and training opportunities:

Chugiak High School – Wednesday March 30, school community program (email for info)

Eagle River Nature Center – Saturday, April 2, 12:00-4:00pm, click here for info & registration

Eagle River Nature Center – Sunday, April 17, 12:00-4:00pm, click here for info & registration

Campbell Creek Science Center – May 10-13, local elementary school programs (email for info)

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) – Wednesday, June 1, military program (email for info)

Visit AlaskaSnow.org for similar opportunities statewide as part of a State of Alaska Department of Public Safety avalanche awareness and backcountry preparedness program.

Whether you’re out to ride fresh snow or just going for a hike in the high country, be mindful of snow conditions and avalanche danger.

Taking a ride in an avalanche is brutal, if not fatal.  If you aren’t already “avy savvy,” or need to brush up on your avalanche assessment skills, check AlaskaSnow.org for statewide education and training opportunities near you!

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Impressive shooting crack on Peak 3 (NW aspect, ~3700′, 12/13/15): a screaming red flag of avalanche danger

  • The Anchorage Avalanche Center concluded its third season of avalanche advisories and professional observations for the most frequently visited avalanche terrain of Chugach State Park in early May 2015.  If you find this avalanche information program valuable and would like to see it continue for seasons to come, please make a tax-deductible donation to help the Anchorage Avalanche Center achieve sustainability.  Use the PayPal donate button on the right sidebar!

click here for the 2014-15 season summary

Support your local grassroots avalanche center!

Despite close proximity to the state’s most densely populated region, heavy wintertime use, rapidly increasing recreation in avalanche terrain in recent years, and 16 avalanche related fatalities in the past few decades, Chugach State Park (CSP) lacked an organized avalanche information program prior to the development of the grassroots Anchorage Avalanche Center (provided through a partnership with the non-profit Alaska Avalanche Information Center).  CSP’s most popular, and Alaska’s most readily accessible, avalanche terrain of the Front Range and Eagle River areas comprise the Anchorage Avalanche Center’s core advisory zones.

Anchorage Avalanche Center mission: enhance the safety, awareness, and enjoyment of backcountry enthusiasts visiting our backyard mountain playground (Chugach State Park) through avalanche advisories, snow-weather-avalanche observations, and backcountry education.

Anchorage Avalanche Center vision: comprehensive information and education for backcountry recreation in Chugach State Park.

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Learn more about the roots of the Anchorage Avalanche Center effort:

Piloting a backcountry avalanche advisory program for Alaska’s most readily accessible avalanche terrain: The Front Range and Eagle River area Chugach (eight page overview presented at the 2014 International Snow Science Workshop)