Alaska Snow Gets Make-Over
Getting information for mountain recreation and travel in Alaska is about to get easier. Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, AlaskaSnow.org has been getting a major upgrade.
When heading for the mountains, Alaskans can visit the website to gather critical weather, snow forecast and observation information for conditions where they plan to travel or recreate. This information helps plan when, where, and how best to travel in terrain that has the potential to avalanche in order to avoid trouble.
In an effort to simplify and streamline the process to gather and report information in regions around the state, KeyLink IT Services has been revamping the website and improving security. The upgraded site will include simple observation forms for submitting information, and region specific access to allow users to go right to where they plan to travel and recreate. This includes federal and state lands. Primary forecast regions accessible from Alaskasnow.org include Cordova, Chugach National Forest Service, Eastern Alaska Range, Juneau, Haines, Hatcher Pass, and Valdez.
Information on education opportunities throughout the state from a variety of service providers is also available.
In addition to the website rebuild, the Alaska Snow mobile app will instantly connect users with the information they need while on the go.
The new site launched October 1st for testing and is set for a full launch on November 1st as part of Alaska Avalanche Awareness Education Month.