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Skidoo Winner Announced
Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013


All of us at NAOI want to thank everyone that purchased a raffle ticket for the 2013 Skidoo Renegade snowmobile donated by BRP and the five Alaska Skidoo dealers; AMDS Anchorage, TEAM CC Eagle River and Wasilla, River and Sea Marine  Soldotna and Compeaus Fairbanks. All proceeds will support the Willow Area Community Organization (for their partnership with the raffle) and the community outreach safety education programs provided by NAOI.

Congratulations to Judy Delinger of North Pole Alaska, our lucky winner. Judy said she’d had a tough year after she fell and broke her hip. She is on the road to recovery and was attending Arctic Man when she learned her name had been drawn as the grand prize winner from more than 500 entries.

Thank you again for all the support and look for more opportunities to win in the coming days! Remember that Safety does pay!!!

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Condolences to the family of Sjohn Brown
Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013

On Saturday afternoon, April 13th under brilliant blue skies and an Arctic Man  party atmosphere, tragedy struck when 9-year-old Sjohn Brown of Fairbanks accidently drove his sled into a moulin (ice hole in a glacier) and fell more than 175 feet and is presumed dead. Bryan Roerick with NAOI responded to the scene and assisted in lowering an emergency room doctor down the Moulin to the wreckage site. The child could not be found and rescue efforts were called off for the day about 6pm. The US Army Black Rapids rescue team was called in along with necessary equipment to aid in the recovery efforts Sunday.   Read More


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Avalanche Danger High Today
Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2013

As of 7 am Sunday, April 7, avalanche conditions in the Alaska backcountry, especially around Hatcher and Thompson Pass, are h


due to a heavy loading of fresh snow. Check conditions at Alaska Avalanche Information Center before you head out. AAIC has a host of valuable statewide information centers reporting. Live to Ride Another Day by taking the time to Know Before You Go!

Skiers, Boarders, snow riders of all types… Now there is more information available to help you learn, be aware and avoid trouble in the backcountry.

This week the Anchorage Avalanche Center launched their website and if you plan to hit the front range around the Anchorage Basin, this is a must stop. The site is loaded with great information. We encourage you to take the time to educate yourself and take advantage of great tools like this website. It offers a wealth of information for everyone that stops by to check it out!


The ALASKA AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER is host to this new forecast center along with 11 other locations around the state. We appreciate the great information these partners have to offer and are proud to recommend them as a valuable source of information.

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Arctic Man – Info
Posted on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Join NAOI at Arctic Man 2013 and get your chance to be on NATIONAL TELEVISION!

Click on Image to sign up


That’s right, the Travel Channel is coming to Arctic Man.

You can be part of the action by wearing an avalanche transceiver, zombie costume (aka accident victim) or just stopping by the TEAM CC/ AMDS/ BRP/SKIDOO/ ABS AIRBAG / ADVENTURE MEDICAL KITS - NAOI GAME BOARD!




Play the ARCTIC MAN Pea Pod Challenge and win Cash! Or join us in the field and play the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE GAME game and win prizes like helmets, first aid kits and much more!

Wear a transmitting avalanche transceiver and if the Zombie’s find you, you’ll earn a reward. Sign up to

Volunteer,  Register to Play or Learn more 

Join the NAOI/WACO Snowmobile Give-A-Way

Win a 2013 Skidoo Renegade 550! Winner to be announced Saturday at 6:30 pm in the main tent!



100% of proceeds support youth and community safety training programs in schools and communities across Alaska




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Beacons and Eggs
Posted on Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Join NAOI and AAIC for the second annual Beacons and Eggs avalanche training program for the whole family in Valdez. We’ll have a short training program followed by egg hunts for the kids and teens. Learn more or sign up online today by clicking on the image below!

Beacons and Eggs Valdez

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Mat-Su Residents – Are you ready if disaster strikes?
Posted on Thursday, March 14th, 2013

As residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, we know the forces of nature have the upper hand.  Floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and avalanches all get our attention when they happen. Once the danger is past, unless we and our loved ones have been directly affected, we tend to forget that nature’s power is constantly with us. Nature is always ready although we may not be.

We need your assistance as we update the Borough’s FEMA-required Hazard Mitigation Plan. Public participation is a requirement of a robust plan that represents the views and concerns of borough residents along with those of trained professionals in a variety of specializations. We are on a short timeline to complete the draft plan by the end of April.

Please assist us by taking the following actions:

1.   Go to the borough’s external homepage at www.matsugov.us and click on the Hazard Mitigation Survey at the top right-hand corner of the page. Please do it now so your opinions can count.

2.  The draft Hazard Mitigation Plan is on the planning department’s page atwww.matsugov.us/planning/borough-plans/projects Please have a look at it and give us your thoughts/comments/questions.

3.  Let your friends and family know that their opinions count by sharing this request with them. Remember that we have a very short timeline.

4. Send your comments about the Plan to Emerson Krueger in the borough planning department at 745-9526, or ekrueger@matsugov.us

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires each community in the nation to have a Hazard Mitigation Plan approved by FEMA and renewed every five years. Hazard mitigation is defined as sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to people and their property from hazards. An approved Hazard Mitigation Plan is an eligibility requirement for any future pre-disaster hazard mitigation funding.

The current Borough All-Hazards Mitigation Plan is nearing the end of the 5-year planning cycle. The planning team wants to ensure that this plan is comprehensive. The update process will require the review and revision of the following plan elements:

• Identification and description of hazards that may impact borough residents

• Vulnerability assessment

• Assessment of the Borough’s capability to mitigate hazards

• Hazard mitigation goals and objectives

• Hazard mitigation actions and projects

• Implementation strategy

• Plan maintenance strategy

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Thank You!
Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

All of us at the North America Outdoor Institute would like to thank our volunteers and sponsors who helped make the Big Lake Winter Festival successful. Thank you to the Alaska Division of Parks – SnowTrac, Eagle River Polaris/Arctic Cat, Mat-Valley Federal Credit Union, Mat-Su Vintage Racers, National Weather Service, Alaska Pacific University,  Lakeshore Studio and KMBQ Radio.





Special thanks to our amazing volunteers including David Dodge, Elisha Dodge, Tim Grady, Andy Romano, Sam Albanese, Matt Medinas (Eagle River Polaris Arctic Cat,) Craig (Mat Su Vintage Racers,) Scott and Ina (Lakeshore Studio,) Rene LeMay, Cody Asher White, Mike White, Noah Plumb,  Donnie Ramano, William Ramano, Sam Nerjuson-Ramano, Clifton McIntosh, Andrew Huff, Michael Carson, Hannah Brewster and DB Palmer.

Tim Grady demonstrates avalanche rescue equipment


Andy Romano demonstrates a hypothermia wrap




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Iron Dog and NAOI
Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The North America Outdoor Institute and Iron Dog teamed up to produce a series of video safety messages. Our special thanks to SnowTrac, Frostline Productions, Iron Dog and all the amazing racers and volunteers who helped make this project possible. Check it out!

Be Snow Smart Video Messages

NAOI Education Director Dorothy Adler


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Congratulations Larry White
Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Thanks to BRP/Skidoo, Larry White is the big winner in the Alaska ABS Airbag give-a-way! Larry attended an avalanche awareness class sponsored by Team CC and made possible by BRP/Skidoo on October 27, 2013. He attended a follow-up field class in December and his name was randomly drawn by Skidoo from more than 250 Alaska entries. Training Paid off for Larry. Congratulations.

Barbara and Korey Cronquist of Team CC Wasilla along with winner Larry White and NAOI representative Shelley Plumb

Don’t miss your chance to be the next big NAOI winner. Attend an upcoming avalanche awareness training program made possible by the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety and you could win a shovel, probe and pack from Back Country Access. We hope to see you at a training program soon. Check our calendar of events for a program coming to a community near you!


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Student Feedback
Posted on Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Bill Sullivan of Kenai took the time to write NAOI after attending a training last weekend in Turnagain Pass.

To NAOI: I Wanted to take a few moments to emphasize my opinion of how successfully I think you & your crew nailed that avalanche workshop at Turnagain Pass last Saturday (Jan 19th). My compliments to the whole of you. The site, the weather, but mostly the company made for yet another great day spent in the mountains!

Right off the get go I was greeted with warm hospitality, contagious energy & endearing humor (yup, that’d be that Kevin guy :-) . Shortly after we split into two groups I noted with appreciation & keen approval how Jacob & Bryan knew each others strengths in presentation and deferred to one another effectively. It helped keep things interesting and fluid as the listeners attention shifted between them.

With your teams expert tutelage we engaged in valuable practice in multiple victim searches, in discussions of decision making and terrain traps and snow pack composition. Time and again you and your crew reminded us of survival expectation as related to time buried….15 minutes, 15 minutes, 15 minutes. Planned or not, your physical separation of our two groups ensured opportunity to generate BTU’s trudging across the way. Pretty smart. It was indicative of the thoughtful planning that fueled our 5 hours together.

All in all, I’d just have to say that I’m pretty dagnab impressed with the lot of you, and if NAOIAK’s access to State or Federal monies, grants or other bequeaths is at all influenced by participant feedback, then please count me on the record. Funding NAOIAK’s dispensing of expert, consumable avalanche safety is an entirely appropriate use of tax dollars that gets a definitive nod and two thumbs way up from this citizen. No reservations.

As I drove away from Turnagain Pass and pointed her (my VW Jetta) back towards Kenai I listened to Moondance, van the Man, and recapped the experiences of the day. While it would apt to be to my favor in the least, it would always be to my good fortune to cross paths with Dorothy, Shelley, Jacob or Bryan anytime, anywhere (hopefully in the mountains). Of course this’d go for Logan & Kevin as well. And, although I did not meet Shelley’s daughter, I’ll remain confident that she benefits from her Mother’s obvious warmth, energy and intellect. Good on you guys. I learned some new, had an aging memory refreshed on other, met some nice folks and got to spend another day on the snow in the mountains. Seems pretty fine to me.

Play hard. Play safe !
With respect,
Bill Sullivan

Shelley Plumb gives students instruction.

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