Our school offers a variety of winter safety program targeting backcountry and avalanche awareness education for Grades K-12.

We travel to schools throughout the state to deliver age appropriate lectures with the popular “Know Before You Go” program.

We offer 1-day “Backcountry 101” classes for kids 6th-12th grade.

We invite young adventurers 9th-12th grade to attend our youth specific multi-day Level 1 avalanche courses with an adult. See our schedule below.

Backcountry 101

8 hours / $125
This course is specifically designed for youth new to the backcountry. Heavy on practical, usable skills and local information, this is a great place for students to start building their avalanche skills. Recommended age range for this course is 13-17 years old. Alyeska Resort and Arctic Valley Ski Area make ideal settings for young backcountry users, allowing BC 101 participants to maximize field and practice time. Students will finish the… More

Know Before You Go

1.5 hours
Youth Avalanche Awareness Lecture Just as students in Hawaii learn about the dangers of rip tides and shore breaks at an early age, Alaskan students need to learn about avalanches. Know Before You Go (KBYG) is a free avalanche awareness program originally developed by the Utah Avalanche Center. Usually about an hour long, KBYG is focused on awareness and doesn’t bog the audience down with complex science or formulas to… More
Avalanche Level 2

Alayne Tetor

This course helped me to understand how weather and terrain effect snow conditions and how to collect and discern critial information for safe skiing in the backcountry. Even though I have almost no science background, the instructors made everything very accessible to learn and practice.

Avalanche Level 2

Anna Ferntheil

The AAS level 2 class dove deeper into avalanche and group mechanics. The knowledge presented in the course will help preapre students wanting to take the next steps in backcountry travel. I feel much better equipped to make well informed snow travel. I feel much better equipped to make well informed snow travel decisions- even if limited information is readily available.

Avalanche Level 1

Erin Kilbury

Last year I took the first Level One Avalanche Course at the Manitoba Hut, hosted by the Alaska Avalanche School. It was an inspiring, humbling and empowering experience that I highly recommend to anyone doing winter travel in the mountains. Whether you are new to Alaska’s terrain and snow or have been playing in the mountains your whole life, this course delivers high-value, essential information for making safe and educated decisions.

Avalanche Rescue

Bradley Johnson

Companion rescue was a very valuable course. I am a novice backcountry skier and I was made welcome and all of my questions were answered sincerely.