Alaska Snow Safety Summit

Advancing avalanche safety in Alaska for the general public


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2015 Alaska Community Event Activities

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This year the Alaska Avalanche Information Center will be hosting two full-days of activities for the community. Join us for the Snow Summit on Thursday from 8:30 am. to 3:30 pm.Pre-Registraion or verbal approval is required  for this portion of the conference.Register

Day two is presented by the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center and you can register at the event or in advance here

Day three is all about the public. We'll be providing free hands-on workshops and training opportunities with Alaska's finest snow safety professionals. To be held at the Z.J. Loussac Library from 11 am to 3 pm. Get the details or register for the SnowFest Here

If you would like to sponsor this event or learn more here or email [email protected] or call 907-982-0332.

Looking for discounts on lodging - Check out the Alex Hotel and Suites on Spenard Road in Anchorage. Special discounted rates for conference attendees offered. Contact Ramona Speciking, Sales & Marketing Manager, Alex Hotel & Suites, 4615 Spenard Rd, Anchorage AK 99517, 907-243-3131 or email: [email protected] 

2011 Conference Updates and Photos

Posted by [email protected] on November 22, 2011 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Check out the photos from the conference by visiting our photo gallery. If you have photos from the conference you're willing to share, become a member and add your own album. Or check out the ones we have posted. We are working on creating a short video that captures the essence of the conference and hope to have it up and available to view shortly.

Thanks again to everyone that participated and or attended. We hope you found the experience to be valuable and worthwhile. And that you will share the information you gained from the experience.

The goal of this conference was to bring together professionals in the snow safety fields of forecasting and educating  in an effort to network and gain cooperation and collaboration to ensure Alaskans receive the information they need to work, play and travel safely in the snow covered mountains of Akaska. 

Please let us know if you have thoughts to share, ideas, suggestions or would like to help with the ISSW 2012 plans. 


Posted by [email protected] on November 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Counting Down...

Two-days and counting to the start of the first Alaska Snow Safety Conference - 2011

We currently have ~60 people registered from all around the state. There is room for more & the registration online will be open until Nov 3. You are also welcome to register on site Friday morning.

Invite your friends and colleagues to this important and exciting conference.


This Alaska Snow Safety Conference website has the most up to date information on the conference activities and will be your best source of information throughout the conference for last minute updates.


Welcome - Check-In

Conference check-in and final registration will be open Friday morning at 7:30-8:30am in the lobby of Grant Hall Theatre - First floor of Grant Hall at APU.


Directions to APU & AAS:

Conference activities take place at Grant Hall & Carr Gottstein buildings at APU. Grant Hall is the first building on the north side of University Drive. Carr Gottstein is the neighboring building.

Free parking is located on the south side of the road across from Grant Hall and on the east side of Carr Gottstein. Follow the signs along University Drive & on the building doors.

APU Campus Map. Address: 4101 University Drive.




We invited you to bring a poster (No larger than 3' X 3') to share news, photos and what your operation does with avalanche mitigation, forecasting, education, safety awareness programs, public outreach, etc. This is your opportunity to showcase your organization or company for other snow safety professionals and the general public! Audience will vote for their favorite & top place will take home a BCA Beacon, Shovel and Probe plus gifts from Patagonia, Black Diamond, Backcountry Babes, and AIARE. The posters will be on display on the third floor of Grant Hall Friday and Saturday. If you are bringing in a poster, you can drop it off at Registration on Friday 7:30-8:30am.


Calendar of events

Please bring in information on your scheduled events and courses to the conference. We would like to create a master calendar of all the snow events statewide.


Season Kick Off Party - Friday 6-9pm

Friday night’s season kick off party is at Alaska Avalanche School 6-9pm.

Theme is Retro Ski

AAS Office -  1025 Orca St.

(This is an industrial building located in the western end of Merrill Field)

There will be refreshments & fun company

Thanks to our supporters of this conference


  • Alaska Division of Parks - SnowTrack
  • American Avalanche Association
  • Backcountry Access (BCA)
  • Patagonia
  • Black Diamond
  • Babes in the Backcountry
  • American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education
  • KTUU Channel 2
  • Alaska Mining and Diving Supply



See you on Friday,

2011 Planning Committee Members:


  • Sarah Carter, Alaska Avalanche Information Center
  • Debra McGhan, North America Outdoor Institute
  • Eeva Latosuo, Alaska Pacific University





Posted by [email protected] on October 27, 2011 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you traveling to Anchorage to attend the Alaska Snow Safety Conference? The Marriott Hotel - Springhill Suites at University Lake - located next to Alaska Pacific University, will provide a delux room at the special rate of $109 per night + 12% tax. 

Book a room by calling 1-888-284-1887 and letting the reservation agent know this is for the  “Snow Safety Conference”.

Learn more by visiting their website at


Posted by [email protected] on October 18, 2011 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In a state covered by snow more than half of the year, and where more people are injured or killed per capita than any other state in snow-related accidents, this conference is long overdue. 

On Saturday, Nov. 5th from 1-6p we invite the public to join Alaska's Premier Snow Safety Professionals for an afternoon of incredible training opportunities. Interactive sessions, lectures, demonstrations, brainstorming and much more.

This is an incredible opportunity to kick off your winter right this year. Cost is just $20 per person." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sign up to attend now! 


Posted by [email protected] on October 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (3)

We sent out a call for volunteers and have been thrilled by the response. Thank you to everyone that has signed up to volunteer. We will be sending out more information on tasks shortly.

If you have not signed up to volunteer but would like to, please send an email to [email protected] 

We have positions available include registration the day of the conference, video and photo capture, technical support, website updates and logistics. All volunteers will participate at the conference for free and will receive a community service recognition certificate and thank you gift. If you would like to volunteer, please register and select 'Volunteer' as your payment option. 

Your service and support are greatly appreciated and valued. Thank you for volunteering for the Alaska Snow Safety Conference.


Posted by [email protected] on October 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Thanks to the American Avalanche Association we still have some funds available for AAA members that are intersted in attending the conference but need help with travel expenses. If you are interested in receiving a travel stipend, please send an application letter to [email protected] explaining your interest in attending the conference and your expected travel costs.


Posted by [email protected] on October 4, 2011 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (5)

This is your chance to show the world how your organization supports the mission of snow safety and avalanche awareness. Whether you ski, board, mush or ride a snowmachine, snow matters.

How your organization studies, forecasts, mitigates and educates others about it also matters.

Enter the Alaska Snow Safety Conference poster presentation and you could win a new beacon, shovel and probe thanks to BCA.

We figured anyone who works in snow could use another set of gear, but if you would rather have something else, we have lots of other prizes from BCA and Patagonia you can chose instead if your poster is selected as the winner.


No posters larger than 3' X 3'

Share news and information about your history and your operations mitigation, forecasting, educating, public outreach, etc. practices. 

Share photos and show the world about your impact on outdoor safety education, avalanche awareness and snowmobile safety.

Judging will be by vote of conference attendees.

Posters to be on display throughout the conference. Come vote for your favorite!

If you need more infomration contact us at:

If you plan to bring a poster. Please comment here.

Avalanche Awareness Education Month

Posted by [email protected] on August 22, 2011 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

November is Avalanche Awareness Education Month. To bring awareness to this important topic, the Alaska Pacific University, the Alaska Avalanche Information Center and the North America Outdoor Institute, along with numerous other agencies including the American Avalanche Association, Alaska Search and Rescue Association, Alaska Avalanche School, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Snowmobile Association, clubs and equipment providers, will convene for the first ever Alaska Snow Safety Conference. 

Alaska leads the U.S. in per capita avalanche fatalities. Public forecasts and education, along with community planning and zoning, are tools we, as a community can develop to help curb this unwanted statistic.


Using Alaska state law as our lead, we, as a concerned and dedicated avalanche community can make a difference.


Alaska Statute 18.76.010 Participation in statewide avalanche warning system.


The Department of Public Safety, acting in cooperation with a municipality or with an agency of the federal government, shall participate in the development and implementation of a statewide avalanche warning system and shall represent the state in the operation of that system. The statewide system shall


(1) establish and maintain a service center and primary and supplementary field stations to gather information and data concerning ground weather conditions, snow pack, and avalanche activity;


(2) Forecast snow avalanche conditions throughout the state;


(3) Coordinate a public awareness program on avalanche danger;


(4) Catalog a comprehensive atlas of avalanche paths and slide occurrences; and


(5) Assist local governments and state agencies in identifying hazardous avalanche zones and in developing snow/avalanche zoning regulations.


This weekend’s first Alaska Snow Safety Conference is a place to put these words into action. Your participation creates the next chapter of Alaska’s snow safety history.

You are helping Alaskans LIVE TO RIDE ANOTHER DAY.


Sarah Carter, AAIC


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