The Alaska Avalanche School is a nonprofit public charity and works hard to keep tuition down on all of our courses for all Alaskans. Students who wish to advance their education but might otherwise be unable to cover their tuition costs may apply for scholarships through local forecasting centers:
The following links may be useful as you plan your backcountry travel and expand your avalanche knowledge:
American Avalanche Association. AAA promotes and supports professionalism and excellence in avalanche safety, education, and research in the United States. Their quarterly publication, The Avalanche Review contains timely information and insight on avalanche news. Many AAS instructors are AAA professional members.
National Weather Service. Forecasting and weather data for Southcentral Alaska and beyond.
Avalanche.org. A one-stop resource for links to avalanche centers around the country, educational opportunities, accident reports, and conference proceedings.
Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center. Professional advisories and observations for the Chugach National Forest, specifically Turnagain Pass area, as well as links to local weather information and resources.
Alaska Avalanche Information Center. Links to advisories and observations, weather links, and accident reports around Alaska.
Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center. HPAC provides an annual rescue workshop, local avalanche education, a mid-week summary/update, weekend advisories, and provides a joint observation platform in collaboration with the CNFAIC.
These documents are used in our Rec 1 courses and may be useful to students after they’ve completed a course.
These documents are used in our Rec 2 courses, are recommended to read them prior to the class.
The following titles are suggested for AAS students interested in broadening their avalanche knowledge. All titles listed here are available for sale at the AAS office. Asterisks denote required (*) and recommended (**) reading for AAS courses.
The Alaska Factor, Joe Stock. AAS Instructor (and Southcentral Alaska’s only fully-certified IFMGA mountain guide) brings you the best of backcountry skiing in Southcentral Alaska.
*Avalanche Essentials, Bruce Tremper. Required reading for all Level 1 courses.
**The Avalanche Handbook, David McClung and Peter Schaerer. For those interested in learning more technical information about snow and avalanche formation and mechanics. Recommended for Level 2.
Snow Sense, Jill Fredston, and Doug Fesler. The original guide to evaluating snow avalanche hazard, by the experts who founded AAS.
**Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG). Required for Level 2 courses.
**Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper. Tremper’s classic treatise includes technical skills, practical advice, and common-sense approaches, all with his trademark sense of humor. Recommended for Level 1 and 2 courses. .
**All-Weather Snow and Avalanche Field Notebook. The industry standard. Required for Level 2 courses.
In addition to our titles for sale, the Alaska Avalanche School headquarters has an extensive library, including the following topics:
Students and the public are welcome to visit the library to view materials during office hours.