Avalanche forecasters play a critical role in protecting the public and raising avalanche awareness by communicating the potential for avalanches to cause harm or injury to backcountry travelers. West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC) forecasters work to keep you informed of the danger avalanches pose by gathering as much information as possible from a wide variety of sources. Their analysis is communicated to the public within an avalanche forecast for the advisory area. The forecast is designed to inform the public of the current avalanche danger rating and provide information for individuals to better manage their own risk in avalanche terrain.
Avalanche danger is dynamic. Avalanche conditions vary due to seasonal weather variations, snowpack structure, and local weather patterns. Your avalanche, snowpack, and weather observations help avalanche centers generate more accurate forecasts for the advisory area.