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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:
- Increase the safety, awareness, and recreational enjoyment of visitors to Anchorage’s backyard mountain playground (Chugach State Park).
- Enhance backcountry/mountain culture throughout Alaska via supplemental resources.
- Promote public lands, sustainability, environmentally responsible behavior, and ecological consciousness.
Anchorage Backcountry Center vision:
- Comprehensive avalanche information and education for Chugach State Park.
- An inclusive, welcoming, and supportive backcountry/mountain culture for Alaska.
- An Alaskan citizenry that recognizes the immeasurable value of its public land resources, works towards improved sustainability in all domains of life through environmentally responsible behavior, and possesses an imminently necessary ecological consciousness.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Know Before You Go!