The West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation was formed in 2001 to bridge the gap between the funding available from the U.S. Forest Service and the expenses required to operate the West Central Montana Avalanche Center. Today, it raises over two-thirds of the avalanche center’s operating budget, provides the website, delivers high-quality avalanche education, and connects backcountry travelers to essential resources for staying safe in avalanche terrain. Through your support, we provide these valuable services to the people that live, work, and play in west central Montana.

Your help in the past has been amazing. Thank you! However, we still need your help this year and in the coming years as we work to provide you with more robust forecast products. We value you as a partner, and with your help, we can continue to grow. Today, we invite you to join us in support of your avalanche forecast during Missoula Gives!

Missoula Gives

Missoula Gives is happening now! This annual online fundraising event is a celebration of giving created to connect you with the local nonprofits and causes you care about most. Making a gift to the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation during Missoula Gives is an investment in the future of the avalanche center and education programs that serve our region. You can learn more about our fundraising goals and help us get there by visiting our Missoula Gives page: click HERE.

We can’t do it without you!

Did you know that, unlike most Avalanche Centers, all of our Forecasters are employed through the nonprofit the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation? As non Forest Service employees, this creates unique challenges as we strive to provide a growing user base with the best possible forecast products we can. At the same time, it offers an opportunity for you, the backcountry recreationist, to directly impact your community by helping us expand avalanche center operations! 

Our goal is simple: raise money to increase the number of avalanche forecasts until you have full-week coverage! This year, we took the first step by expanding the avalanche center to include a third forecaster. With your help, we can start planning for regular Sunday forecasts and continue working towards daily forecasts!

Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference! We are honored and grateful to partner with you to support our mission. Working together helps us improve the services you rely on and create the most fun, safe, and responsible backcountry community possible. You can learn more about Missoula Gives and show your support today by visiting our event page: click HERE. Thank you!