at 1025 Orca St, Unit 1N, Anchorage, 99501 United States
Promoting Alaska avalanche education and awareness for the last 40 years. The Alaska Avalanche School has been in existence since 1976, when it was founded by Doug Fesler as an avalanche safety center under the State of Alaska. Later, the school became known as the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, where Doug, along with Jill Fredston, began teaching avalanche safety courses. The Alaska Avalanche School has grown steadily in the four decades since its inception, and now a staff of 25 professional instructors reaches hundreds of students, both in the field and in the classroom, each winter season.
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We are thankful to all the students, alumni, staff and instructors that make up the amazing AAS community. Big thanks also to snow professionals in Southcentral Alaska and elsewhere that help us understand and keep track of avalanche hazard in the terrain we play! Happy Thanksgiving!
Our active, hands-on courses spend time both in the classroom and in the field at some of Southcentral Alaska’s classic winter recreation destinations .
You can expect professional instructors from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom have many seasons of experience in the unique Alaskan backcountry.
All courses meet the American Avalanche Association (AAA) curriculum guidelines and students receive a certificate of completion.
The day-and-a-half format of our snowmachine courses minimizes classroom time and gets you into the field where you’ll ride and practice rescue with expert instructors with a passion for the snowmachine community.
Based on the five-point national avalanche safety campaign, our snowmachine courses help riders to: 1) Get theGear, 2) Get the Training , 3) Get the Forecast , 4) Get the Picture , and 5) Get out of Harm’s Way.
AAS offers courses that can be customized to the interests and schedule of your organization or group.
Custom courses may include curriculum from one of our standard courses and taught by our professional instructors, or we can work with you on a custom curriculum tailored to your needs.
We also offer the opportunity to arrange a day of backcountry skiing or riding with a professional instructor who can give you or your small group a more personalized “private lesson” to hone your avalanche skills and decision-making.