History

History

The Alaska Avalanche School was founded in 1976 by Doug Fesler as an avalanche safety program under the State of Alaska, later becoming an outgrowth of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center. With the hard work and tutelage of Doug Fesler and Jill Fredston, and with support from the Alaskan community AAS has grown to become one of the prominent authorities in Alaska avalanche education and awareness. Our mission is to provide exceptional experience-based snow avalanche safety education to all users of the mountain environment. Today our programs reach all over the state of Alaska, to every kind of backcountry user. From skiers, Snowboarders, to mushers, and snow-machiners, our courses offer education to last a lifetime!

Alaska Avalanche School Education

What makes us different?  Just take a look at the credentials of our staff and you will see that our instructors speak for themselves.  They are the best in the industry because they are the industry; ranging from Helicopter guides, AMGA/IFMGA certified guides, Denali climbing guides, Ski patrollers, professional rescue, forecasters, and professional educators.  They are who you want as your mentors. Avalanches are a major component in the mountains of Alaska. Most avalanches affecting people, are triggered by people. Therefore, the goal of AAS education is to increase backcountry users awareness and reduce exposure to avalanche conditions. Since proficiency is born out of experience, AAS emphasizes intensive, hands-on field training at all of our major workshops. Students will have the opportunity to participate in small group sessions focusing on snow science, avalanche environment detection, route selection, and rescue scenarios.