As an organization, we’ve raised the necessary funds to purchase and support several avalanche transceiver training areas in Western Montana.
1. Lolo Pass Visitor Center
A new wireless avalanche transceiver training facility is installed and operable at Lolo Pass. It was installed through cooperative efforts of the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation, private donations, and the U.S. Forest Service. The training opportunity is available 7 days per week. Snowmobilers will have to walk from the parking lot to use the site. You must have a transceiver and a probe to use the site. This 8 unit station is easy to use and emits a signal when a probe strikes the buried 20″x 20″ target. Please read the directions on the control box and let visitor center staff know if the unit is not functioning properly.
Winter hours of operation at the Visitor Center are Thursday thru Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Pacific Standard Time. Winter Recreation Passes are required at all times on all vehicles parked in the Lolo Pass parking area. Day, Season and Bundle Winter Recreation Passes can be purchased at the Visitor Center during normal business hours. After hours Day Passes can be purchased at the front door when the center is closed, for exact cash or check only. Day and Season Passes can also be purchased at the Lolo Hot Springs Resort, in Missoula at The Trailhead on Front St., The Outdoor Supply & Rental in Tremper’s Plaza, and the Lolo National Forest Supervisors Office at Fort Missoula.
Organized groups who want to use the site for an educational or training program need to contact Buffie Cerutti at the Powell Ranger Station (208) 942-3113 regarding special use permit requirements.
2. Snowbowl Ski Area
The Snowbowl park is located at the Point Six exit to the backcountry, just off the trail to Nutcracker. The control box is located on-site (there is a sign, a stand and a yellow waterproof box). You must purchase a lift ticket or have a ski pass to access this park.
3. Lost Trail Ski Area
The transceiver training facility at Lost Trail Ski Area on Highway 93 at Lost Trail Pass is located at the top of Chairs 1 and 2 (south of the ski patrol shack). You must purchase a one ride lift ticket ($5) to access the park during operating hours.
4. Seeley Lake Driftriders Warming Hut (near Lake Elsina and Lake Dinah riding areas)
A 4 unit transceiver training park will be operational by January 1 at the Warming Hut located in the Deer Creek drainage northwest of Seeley Lake. The Seeley Lake Driftriders Snowmobile Club will install and maintain the park.