The West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation (WCMAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of the WCMAF is to support avalanche forecasting and education programs for all backcountry user groups.
The WCMAF operates in support of the West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC). The WCMAC generates avalanche forecasts for the West Central Montana advisory area and provides information to the public regarding terrain, weather and snow conditions that contribute to avalanche danger. The WCMAC is assisted by Forest Service employees on the Bitterroot, Clearwater and Lolo National Forests who contribute field observations and provide infrastructure support.
“Missoula Avalanche” is the Friends group or WCMAF nonprofit entity that engages in fundraising and outreach in support of WCMAC programs and avalanche education initiatives. Goals for winter 18/19 include furthering the development of the WCMAC avalanche forecasting program and motorized avalanche education initiative.
The WCMAF, in partnership with the Lolo National Forest, provides the website (missoulaavalanche.org). The website provides public access to WCMAC advisories, avalanche education opportunities and backcountry resources for individuals to better manage their own risk in avalanche terrain.
The WCMAF provides and maintains five avalanche transceiver training parks which are located at the Lost Trail Pass Ski Area, Lolo Pass Visitor Center, Montana Snowbowl Ski Area, Big Sky Brewing Amphitheater and the Seeley Lake Driftriders Warming Hut (more details).