Today Alaska is the only mountainous Pacific Northwest state without a state or federal funded avalanche forecasting center.  And for this Alaskans have paid dearly.  For years we have had the highest avalanche death rate per capita in the United States. In 2002 we exceed Colorado as number one with twelve deaths that season.  Alaska is now leading the nation for avalanche deaths regardless of population.

In order to recreate safely in Alaska you most become your own avalanche expert.  And that means one thing, training!  The one way to help prevent avalanche fatalities is to gain the knowledge and experience to make good decisions in the backcountry.  Below is a list of books, web sites, and training centers to start you on your way.


The Avalanche Handbook, David Mcclung and Peter Schaerer                                                                                        Snow Since, Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler                                                                                                                    Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain,  Bruce Tremper


Winning the Avalanche Game


Alaska Avalanche School (Anchorage AK)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Southeast Avalanche Center (Juneau AK)                                                                                                           ~ seaac


Slab Avalanche Formation

Snow as a Material

Slab Avalanche Formation

Forces on the Snowpack