The West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC) works hard to keep backcountry travelers informed of current avalanche conditions and provide relevant information for all user groups. 

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. Forest Service employees assist the WCMAC on the Bitterroot, Nez Perce-Clearwater, and Lolo National Forests, contributing field observations and providing infrastructure support.

Jeff Carty

Avalanche Center Director

Jeff grew up in eastern Canada, where the skiing options were farmer's fields and the local golf course. He had enough and moved west in 1996 to play in the snow and mountain... Read More +

Jeff Carty

Avalanche Center Director

Jeff grew up in eastern Canada, where the skiing options were farmer's fields and the local golf course. He had enough and moved west in 1996 to play in the snow and mountains. Jeff took his first avalanche training in 1996 and his first professional-level avalanche course in 2001. He's been an outdoor educator since 1992 and has worked in the NOLS winter program since 2004 as a backcountry and avalanche instructor, program supervisor, and instructor trainer. Jeff holds an MSc in outdoor education from the University of Edinburgh. He geeks out on snow science and has a particular interest in how human factors affect decision making. Jeff's primary outdoor pursuit is to go downhill, either on snow or on the river.

Ryan Sorenson

Avalanche Forecaster

Ryan grew up in northern Wyoming, learning from an early age to snowboard, ski, snowmobile, and climb in the Big Horn Mountains, Tetons, and Beartooth Range of Montana. Ryan ... Read More +

Ryan Sorenson

Avalanche Forecaster

Ryan grew up in northern Wyoming, learning from an early age to snowboard, ski, snowmobile, and climb in the Big Horn Mountains, Tetons, and Beartooth Range of Montana. Ryan moved west in 2008. He graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in environmental science and experience as a successful collegiate runner.

Beyond college, his aspirations focused on leading and studying in an alpine environment. His desire for mountaineering, climbing, backcountry snowboarding, and skiing led him to Mt. Shasta, where he could hone his guiding skills and share his passion and expertise of traveling in the mountains. Ryan guided for Shasta Mountain guides for three summers and completed a short stint as a professional ski patroller in Tahoe.

In 2015, Ryan was drawn to the high Sierra Nevada Mountains and moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, to guide backcountry skiing, mountaineering, and rock climbing. Ryan moved back to Mt. Shasta in 2019 to forecast for the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center, issuing avalanche forecasts and teaching awareness and companion rescue courses during the winter. In the spring and summer, he worked for the US forest service as a climbing ranger patrolling the Mount Shasta and Castle Crag wildernesses, responding to rescues, and providing first aid to lost or injured climbers and skiers.

Ryan has a quiet yet humble and professional demeanor with an excellent mountain sense and an adventurous spirit. When not working, he can be found running the trails, fly fishing, and even learning to surf.

Trask Baughman

Professional Observer & Educator

With a background in guiding and outdoor education, Trask began working with the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation in 2019. As a professional member of the American A... Read More +

Trask Baughman

Professional Observer & Educator

With a background in guiding and outdoor education, Trask began working with the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation in 2019. As a professional member of the American Avalanche Association, he serves as a lead educator, helping further the organization's mission and grow west-central Montana's education programs. As a West Central Montana Avalanche Center Professional Observer, he works throughout the winter operating season to ensure that up-to-date and pertinent information is incorporated into each avalanche forecast.

During the winter, he travels the mountains on telemark skis, splitboards, and powder surfers. When he is not in the snow, he can be found at home with his wife Emiko, dog Franny, or playing D&D with his two brothers and sister.

Meredith Condon

Professional Observer & Educator

Meredith took her first Recreational Avalanche course through AIARE in north Lake Tahoe in 2010. Since then, she has lived and recreated in the Pacific Northwest and Southeas... Read More +

Meredith Condon

Professional Observer & Educator

Meredith took her first Recreational Avalanche course through AIARE in north Lake Tahoe in 2010. Since then, she has lived and recreated in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska. In 2015, she began working as a mountaineering and backcountry skiing instructor for NOLS based out of Alaska, Idaho, and Wyoming. She completed her Pro-1 certification through AAI in 2019 and is spending the 20/21 season chasing winter as an avalanche educator and professional observer.

Meredith has spent much of her adult life teaching, coaching, and managing operational risk as a former Coast Guard member. She loves avalanche education because it is a world where she gets to continue to develop these skills by helping others learn about decision-making in avalanche terrain; the best part is she gets to ride her snowboard while doing it.

Todd Glew

Professional Observer

Todd has been working with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center since 2018. Todd grew up skiing in New England and found his love for backcountry skiing in High School a... Read More +

Todd Glew

Professional Observer

Todd has been working with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center since 2018. Todd grew up skiing in New England and found his love for backcountry skiing in High School around 2000. In pursuit of bigger mountains and powder skiing Todd moved to Alta, Utah, in 2003. In 2007 he graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Todd has been working as an avalanche educator and professional mountain guide specializing in ski, rock, and alpine climbing since 2008.

When it is not ski season, Todd can be found rock climbing, trail running, surfing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or just about anything that gets him outside.