Check out our short video (above) explaining how you can support avalanche education and safety.
Last year marked the first season in 7 years without an avalanche fatality in our advisory area, and we want to extend that success into the upcoming winter.
The Friends of the Avalanche Center works every year to provide over $100K of support, but for the first time in 22 years, we are having to cancel our most important fundraiser, the annual Powder Blast. To keep our community safe we have moved this annual gathering online and are reaching out to the community we serve to help us match our sponsors contributions.
These funds provide:
Daily Advisories – which outlines weather forecasts, snowpack, and danger ratings for 8 mountain ranges.
Live Weather Data – to help you plan your backcountry mission.
Photos and Videos – outlining field observations from our advisory area exposing real time conditions.
Incident Reports – detailed accounts of avalanche incidents and fatalities which provide in depth research to understand each case specifics.
Beacon Checkers at trailheads – we are investing in new stations every year and currently have these installed at 6 trailheads
Beacon Parks – which allow people to practice their beacon searches prior to being in the backcountry. We currently have these installed at Story Mill Park, Bridger Bowl, Cooke City and West Yellowstone.
And the largest contribution by far is to the Education Program.
Last winter, we coordinated and staffed 125 days of classes and field sessions for 4,200 participants, including grades 1–12, collegiate, search and rescue groups, ski patrol, and ski and snowmobile clubs. One in five of participants was under the age of 18.
Our commitment to providing all of this to you does not change during this pandemic, but it does change how we fund it. Please consider donating so we can continue our work and be an essential part of your winter mornings, and thank you for your help in ensuring this outreach continues!