Thank you, everyone!
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, large and small, businesses and individuals, sponsors and donors, in honor of loved ones, and for love of the backcountry, in helping us meet our Virtual Powder Blast fundraising goal and keeping another year of avalanche safety information, programs, and outreach going strong. We are so grateful for every donation that helped us meet our Virtual Powder Blast 2020 goal!
The Friends of the Avalanche Center works every year to provide over $100K of support, but for the first time in 22 years, we needed to cancel our most important fundraiser, the annual Powder Blast. To keep our community safe we moved this annual gathering online and reached out to the communities we serve to help us match our sponsors contributions.
The funds raised with this event 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.
In the 2019-2020 winter season, 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. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped our work and the work of the Avalanche Center continue!