The AAIC proposes to install avalanche and backcountry safety information signs at 12 critical snow machine access points around the state of Alaska. The purpose of these signs is to provide riders with a physical warning denoting that they are entering a potentially dangerous area. The signs are populated with key safety information regarding where and how to obtain relevant information, a reminder of what gear folks should bring, the importance of education and training, and steps to take in an emergency. These signs may also include “Are You Beeping” interactive electronics which allow riders to check their avalanche transceiver before venturing into mountain terrain. These signs are proposed for Southeast near Haines and Skagway, the Eastern Alaska Range near Fairbanks and the site of Arctic Man, the Matanuska-Susitna borough near Eureka and Petersville, Kenai Peninsula at Primrose and Snug Harbor and in Valdez near Thompson Pass and the trans Alaska pipeline terminal. We believe these signs will help to educate and inform riders and reduce the number of unintentional injuries and deaths.
We are seeking public input on this project. If you have an idea for a location or would like to support this project, please send us your comments HERE!
Suggested Sign Locations
- Thompson Pass – Worthington Glacier
- Dayville Road, Pipeline access to Mt. Francis and Solomon Gultch
- Peters Hill (Petersville) Road
- Willow side of Hatchre Pass (Big Winter lot)
- Eureka: Gunsight Mtn.
- Fielding Lake State Recreation Area
- Richardson Monument, Near Arctic Man
- Snug Harbor
- Lost Lake
- Placer River Parking Lot
- Ketchikan? Or Sitka?