Access: Avalanche education is available to all Alaskans who live, work, or travel in avalanche terrain.
Community Culture: Alaskans work together to have a culture of respect for mountain hazards.
Decision-making: Alaskans embrace & foster educated decisions in avalanche terrain.
Reduce Fatalities: Alaska lowers the rate of accidents and deaths in avalanche terrain.
AAS has grown steadily in the four decades since its inception, becoming a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in 2004. Now, a staff of 40 professional instructors reaches Alaskans all over the state with a life-saving avalanche education. The school's core values embrace: professionalism, the highest quality course offerings, community, hands-on learning, and innovation.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
Programs such as Pick.Click.Give are vital to our success and contribute directly to public safety and education. By supporting local nonprofit avalanche school, our Pick.Click.Give donors help:
1) Meet community demand for recreational avalanche education statewide while maintaining the high quality of our course offerings and better supporting a talented instructor base.
2) Serve Alaska’s professional avalanche community by continuing our focus on professional course offerings to meet Alaskan needs.
3) Grow our capacity to serve Alaska’s snowmachine community and raise awareness for the need for avalanche education in the snowmachine community.
4) Offer more recreational courses that are less lengthy and/or advanced than a Level 1 course, tailoring offerings to those unaware of how they interact with avalanche terrain and/or those with limited exposure to avalanche terrain.
5) To prepare the school for forty years to come, invest in sustainable office administration and grow a diverse board with robust governance that represents the avalanche community.