Oct 13, 2009 @ 12:00 am

missoulaavalanche News Fall 2009

Good afternoon. This is Dudley Improta with news for the upcoming winter. Actually the last week has felt pretty winter-like in Montana. The 2009/2010 snowpack is underway in the high elevations. I would like to draw your attention to some upcoming events and education opportunities.
This Friday the Burning Dog “Pray for Snow Party” is happening at Big Sky Brewery. This has turned into a major fundraiser for the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation which helps fund the West Central Montana Avalanche Center; which is a lot of words for the advisories and education events that are put on in the name of
Be sure to attend and tell your friends about Burning Dog as well as the Warren Miller movie in the Wilma on November 21, another fundraiser.
Then we will move ahead into full on winter with education events: 1-hour avalanche lectures, transceiver classes, Level 1 classes and workshops. Check the education and events section on
Generally avalanche advisories will begin around mid-December or perhaps sooner depending on conditions. The Foundation has been working hard getting avalanche beacon parks for Lost Trail Pass and the top of Snowbowl Ski Area. The hope is these two parks will be functional this winter along with the park at Lolo Pass.
Enjoy the fall; look forward to winter.


This information is the sole responsibility of the Forest Service and does not apply to operating ski areas. The avalanche danger rating expires at midnight tonight but the information can help you make a more informed decision regarding travel in avalanche terrain for the next few days.

Our advisory area includes National Forest System lands in the Bitterroot Mountains from Lost Trail Pass north to Granite Pass, the Rattlesnake Mountains north of Missoula and the Southern Swan and Mission Mountains near Seeley Lake, MT. Avalanche information for the Lookout Pass/St. Regis Basin area is available from the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center.