As we reflect on a successful winter operating season, it is bittersweet for the West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC) to announce that Travis Craft is retiring and moving on from avalanche center duties. With a background in snow safety and outdoor education, Travis began working with the WCMAC in 2010. As a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and a graduate of the National Avalanche School, he helped further the organization’s mission and grow the avalanche forecasting and education programs.

As WCMAC Director, Travis played a critical and essential role in avalanche center operations. Over the last decade, he served as the lead avalanche specialist, strengthened agency partnerships, expanded motorized specific education, and oversaw west-central Montana’s professional observer program. His skillsets and enthusiasm will most certainly be missed. The West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation Board of Directors and program staff wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Travis’s departure comes when the WCMAC is well-positioned to embrace new leadership and continue its growth. As a formal search process for the WCMAC’s next permanent Director unfolds, the immediate responsibilities of the avalanche center will be moved forward by Avalanche Forecaster Jeff Carty. While the search is underway, the board and staff remain committed to ensuring a smooth transition and providing all backcountry travelers access to high-quality avalanche information and education.

As we shift our sights to the season ahead, we look forward to welcoming a new voice of leadership for the growing backcountry community and hope that you will join us in extending a heartfelt thank you to Travis for his years of service.


Ski and ride safe,

Patrick Black
Executive Director
West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation