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Free Avalanche Awareness Training


As snow begins to pile up and the recipe for Avalanche potential increases, it's time to get the education needed to travel safely in mountain terrain.

This winter the North America Outdoor Institute will provide free avalanche awareness courses for skiers, boarders and snowmobilers thanks to the Alaska Division of Public Safety, Division of State Troopers.

Courses will include a multimedia presentation combined with hands-on field training.  The goal of this program is to raise awareness about avalanches and to teach practical skills for safe winter travel in a fun, friendly learning environment that makes it easy to understand and put safety protocols into practice.

The field portion of this program will be presented as an 'Avalanche Survival Challenge Game.' This exciting format provides participants of all ages the opportunity to experience and practice skills taught by professional instructors trained in avalanche awareness and safe travel techniques.

Programs are designed with broad appeal for all user groups from Alaska newcomers to kids to long-time veterans of outdoor recreation. For skiers, boarders, snowmachiners, mushers or auto travelers, there is a program that is sure to fit your recreation habits.

For the full schedule, to learn more or to register for any of the courses offered visit www.besnowsmart.org

Here are a few of the upcoming courses scheduled:

Dec. 17 WASILLA Denali Gymnastics Academy (Classroom)

Dec. 18 GIRDWOOD Alyeska Resort (Classroom/Field)

Dec. 19 GIRDWOOD Alyeska Resort (Field)

Jan. 12  REI - Anchorage (Classroom)

Jan. 15  GATE CREEK CABINS - Petersville (Classroom/Field)

Debra McGhan, NAOI Executive Director
Office: 907-376-2898; Mobile: 907-982-0332

North America Outdoor Institute  - A non-profit organization providing interactive safety and environmental education programs for the general public. Made possible thanks to our sponsors, partners, volunteers and members. Special thanks to Alaska Division of Parks and the Mat-Su Health Foundation.

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