The West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation (a.k.a., Missoula Avalanche, WCMAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of the WCMAF is to support avalanche information and education for all backcountry user groups.

The WCMAF was formed in 2001 to bridge the growing gap between the funding available from the U.S. Forest Service and the expenses required to operate the West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC). Today, it raises 2/3 of the funding needed to run the WCMAC, maintains the website, delivers high-quality avalanche education courses, and provides free awareness events for all backcountry users.

The WCMAF oversees and supports the West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC). The WCMAC generates avalanche forecasts for the west-central Montana forecast area and provides information to the public regarding terrain, weather, and snow conditions that contribute to avalanche danger. U.S. Forest Service employees assist the WCMAC on the Bitterroot, Nez Perce-Clearwater, and Lolo National Forests, contributing field observations and administrative support.

The WCMAF provides and maintains the website ( The website connects the public to avalanche forecast information, education opportunities, and resources for individuals to better manage their own risk in avalanche terrain. 

The WCMAF provides and maintains four avalanche transceiver/beacon training parks located at the Lost Trail Pass Ski Area, Lolo Pass Visitor Center, Montana Snowbowl Ski Area, and the Seeley Lake Driftriders Warming Hut (more details).