Governor Sean Parnell proclaims November Avalanche Education Month.
Snow is in the forecast and now is the time to tune up your avalanche skills. Don’t get buried this winter. Take the time to attend a free avalanche safety seminar thanks to support from the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety.
Alaska has the sad distinction of ranking number one in the nation per capita for avalanche related fatalities. In a state covered by snow more than half of the year, learning basic, practical skills for traveling safely in avalanche terrain is vital.
Over the past decade Alaska has lost 46 people in avalanche related accidents. Teaming up with other avalanche education programs, NAOI is working hard to help change that trend.
“Almost every year we lose people in tragic accidents that often could have been prevented with some awareness and education,” said NAOI education director Dorothy Adler. “We know we can’t save people that refuse to heed the warnings, but for those that want to keep their skills tuned up or learn ways to recognize the danger and avoid avalanches, you’ll find lots of opportunities this winter.”
For those that want to go even further with their training, the Alaska Avalanche Information Center and Alaska Avalanche School offer a full menu of three and four day Avalanche courses.
Classes fill up quickly and registration for all field classes is required. Sign up at www.BeSnowSmart.org We are updating our schedule and are working to get all classes posted. Please keep checking back for updates
This program is currently supported by the Alaska Division of Parks – SnowTrac, the Alaska Department of Public Safety, and BRP/Skidoo. To join the cause and become a sponsor, call Debra McGhan at NAOI at 907-376-2898.
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