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Alaska Avalanche Information Center receives Governor's Safety Award

GOVERNOR’S SAFETY AND HEALTH SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Alaska Avalanche Information Center recognized for Public Avalanche Information Program

 

Alaska's mountainous terrain regularly avalanches. Given the increase in winter recreation, travel, and commerce operating in avalanche terrain, there is a need for a coordinated statewide public avalanche safety program including public avalanche safety warnings and standardized public avalanche education. The Alaska Avalanche Information Center has worked diligently to become a central point of contact for public, private and government avalanche information. The Center now supports the Valdez, Cordova, Haines and Hatcher Pass avalanche centers.

The Alaska Avalanche Information Center has developed a statewide network of avalanche professionals providing public avalanche forecasts, safety education and the exchange of snow stability observations. This is done with an emphasis on continuing professional development. Avalanche and weather forecasts are updated daily throughout the winter season with information collected and shared online. The Center is run by dedicated volunteers working with private, public, non-government organizations and avalanche safety operations across Alaska and around the world.

The Center website provides active regional observation pages for Hatchers Pass, Haines, Seward, Fairbanks / Northern Alaska Range, and the Anchorage / Eagle River area. Professional bulletins for established forecast centers in Valdez, Cordova, Juneau, and CNFAIC (Turnagain Pass) continue to be linked to the website, and have seen increased traffic and support across the state.

Working with the North America Outdoor Institute, also a recipient of the Governor’s Special Achievement Award for Safety, the Center’s statewide avalanche education program has seen a tremendous increase in instructor interoperability and exchange.

For more information visit Alaskasnow.org

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