ANCHORAGE, Alaska - BRP and Alaska Mining and Diving Supply (AMDS) have donated a new Ski-Doo snowmobile to the Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center (CNFAIC) for the winter season.
"The donation is part of a strong partnership between our dealership and the CNFAIC to help build awareness and safe travel in Alaska," said AMDS President and General Manager Nick Olzenak.
This is the second year that BRP and AMDS have donated a new Ski-Doo Summit-SP snowmobile to support avalanche forecaster work in the backcountry. (See image: the 2014 model is on the right, with the 2013 sled donated last year on the left.)
Avalanche assessment requires forecasters to travel deep into backcountry terrain to make snow stability observations. The donated sleds assist CNFAIC forecasters in accessing remote areas to evaluate the snowpack in the mountains of Chugach National Forest. The avalanche forecasts are then given to the public through advisories on www.cnfaic.org and through the avalanche hotline at 907-754-2369.
In addition, the new snowmobile will be used by forecasters for educational events to teach avalanche safety protocols, hazard evaluation techniques, and companion rescue. Educational opportunities are held throughout the winter, free of charge to the public.
AMDS sells Can-Am, Evinrude, Honda, Jetcraft, Lowe, Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Yamaha vehicles and has been in business since 1976.
Press image courtesy AMDS