Avalanche Awareness Presentations with
Pro Riders Dan Adams and Matt Entz
We are excited to bring you the latest updates from Alaska Safe Riders.2024 is shaping up to be an eventful year filled with lots of educational programs and exciting events aimed at promoting safety and awareness within our snowmachining community.
We ended 2023 and kicked off 2024 with four incredible avalanche awareness presentations by renowned pro riders, Dan Adams and Matt Entz with the Avalanche Alliance. These industry experts shared their knowledge and experiences, providing valuable insights into avalanche safety and backcountry riding. The presentations were a huge success, with attendees stating they gained a deeper understanding of the risks associated with snowmachining in avalanche terrain.
SCHOOL SAFETY PROGRAMS
Our dedicated team of local instructors has been hard at work conducting school safety programs across the state. These programs, being conducted in partnership with the Alaska Avalanche Information Center under a contract with the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety Division Alaska State Troopers, aims to educate young riders about the importance of safe backcountry travel. We put an emphasis on safe snowmachining and ATV practices, including helmet safety, trail etiquette, and the potential dangers of getting in trouble in the backcountry. We believe that instilling these safety principles at a young age we will help create a generation of responsible backcountry travelers.
GLACIER TRAVEL WORKSHOP
As a follow up to the avalanche courses, we hosted a glacier travel class in Fairbanks with support from Delta Power Sports Fairbanks. Participants were introduced to essential skills and knowledge for safer travel on glaciers. This hands-on workshop covered topics such as route planning, crevasse rescue techniques, and glacier navigation. It was a fantastic opportunity for snowmachiners to enhance their backcountry skills and help ensure their safety in glaciated terrain.
Ashley joined the ASR team in September 2023 at the Mat-Su Emergency Preparedness Expo as an instructor intern. Ashely was born and raised in Soldotna and has a profound desire to share outdoor safety education with those who love to explore Alaska as much as she does. “Technology has become such an overwhelming part of life that I believe kids need more opportunities to get outdoors and play,” she said. “I think it really helps kids, especially those with ADHD or just generally hyperactive, to get outside more.”.
Ashley was part of the first ever women’s Iron Dog Race Team to finish the full 2,500 mile grueling race in 2023. Now she wants to share her love of the sport and the importance of safety with others. Ashley will be out visiting schools across Alaska this winter and we hope you or your children get the opportunity to be part of one of her training sessions.
THANKS TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND SPONSORS!
Our programs would not be possible without your generous support!
Donlin Gold – Featured Sponsor – Donated $20,000 toward Bethel Outreach
Get Involved and Stay Connected
The Alaska Safe Riders team is committed to promoting safe snowmachining practices and providing educational resources to our community. We invite you to join us in our mission by becoming a member or volunteering your time and expertise. Together, we can make a difference and create a culture of responsible snowmachining in Alaska.
Stay updated with the latest news, events, and safety tips by following us on social media and visiting our website at @alaskasaferiders.org. We also encourage you to share your snowmachining experiences and safety stories with us using the hashtag #AlaskaSafeRiders. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to safe snowmachining. Let’s all ride responsibly and enjoy the beauty of Alaska’s winter wonderland!
Mike Buck, Director
Alaska Safe Riders