Posts Categorized: Education

Missoula Avalanche | Friends Group Image

Missoula Avalanche | Friends Group

Education | Fundraising | General | Mechanized

Each US Avalanche Center is supported by an affiliated nonprofit entity, or friends group. In essence, the center provides the structure and technical know-how and the non-profit entity engages in fundraising and outreach. Nationwide, more than 50% of avalanche center operational costs are covered by community donations and other...

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Avalanche Terrain | Generating Travel Plans

Education | General | Snowpack | Weather

Generating backcountry travel plans without avalanche center forecast information requires knowledge of weather events. Review snotel data for current snow totals and weather station data for temperatures, wind trends, and speeds. With these tools, you can get an idea of the avalanche problems you could encounter on your trip and choose appropriate terrain...

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Upcoming: SNOWMOBILE RESCUE AND SKILLS COURSE WITH MIKE DUFFY

Education | Mechanized

The course is taught from a mechanized snowmachine perspective by certified avalanche instructors with 20+ years of mountain riding experience and excellent avalanche education skills. The course is designed for recreational riders, guides, and search and rescue teams. Participants will focus on how to avoid being caught in avalanche situations...

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What you don’t know can kill you

Education | General | Snowpack

Many avalanche victims don’t know they are in avalanche danger and are unprepared to deal with an avalanche. This doesn’t have to happen – the danger signs are usually obvious to those who know what to look for. Just as those in Hawaii learn about the dangers of rip...

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Upcoming: Mechanized Mountain Rider avalanche education

Education | General | Mechanized

We are excited to offer new avalanche education offerings developed specifically for snowmobilers and mechanized mountain riders. These courses are taught from a mechanized perspective by certified avalanche instructors with 20+ years of mountain riding experience and excellent avalanche education skills. These courses are designed for recreational riders, guides, and...

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Upcoming – Avalanche Level 1 Refresher Course

Education | General

Has it been a while since you took your Level 1 Avalanche Course? The Level 1 Refresher Course is a great opportunity for refining your skills and catching up on best practices for decision making in avalanche terrain. Check out the upcoming Level 1 Refresher Course while spots are...

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The Mountain Weather Lecture Series

Education | General | Snowpack | Weather

In conjunction with UM Campus Recreation, the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation is hosting a free two-part Mountain Weather lecture series. Featuring guest speaker, LeeAnn Allegretto, NOAA Meteorologist and Avalanche Program Leader from the National Weather Service. Both sections are open to the public and will be held in the...

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AVALANCHE AWARENESS LECTURE – TONIGHT 6 PM @ UM – FREE

Education | General

AVALANCHE AWARENESS LECTURE – Tonight! Time: 6pm Location: North Underground Lecture Hall 101, UM Campus Cost: FREE Join Josh Tapp, Avalanche Education Coordinator from the West Central Montana Avalanche Center for an introduction to avalanche awareness and safety. The presentation will include video, slides, discussion and Q&A session. Topics covered will...

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Changes in Avalanche Education

Education

The American Avalanche Association is currently updating the standards of education in the U.S. The new changes are going into effect for the 17/18 season. Some of the key changes are the division of professional and recreational tracks for level 1 and level 2 classes. If you are a...

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Montana Mechanized Avalanche Awareness and Education Event

Education | General | Mechanized

The West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation would like to reiterate its sincere thanks to Gull Boats & RV for their continued support of avalanche safety, awareness and education. With over 400 in attendance, Mike Duffy delivered an outstanding snowmobile avalanche awareness and skills introduction. We are excited to have Mike back...

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Pray for Snow 2017

Education | Fundraising | General

Come Down to Caras Park October 6th from 5:30 to 10:30 to help us refill the kitty so we can continue to provide avalanche forecasts and education for West Central Montana. We’ll have; a Raffle -Fire- Beer from Big Sky Brewing- Kids Bounce House- Music From Shakewell -& Good...

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Mountain Weather Lectures

Education | General | Weather

In conjunction with U of M Campus Recreation we will be hosting a free Mountain Weather Class.  Featuring guest speaker, LeeAnne Allegretto, Meteorologist and Avalanche Program Leader from The National Weather Service. The class will be in the North Urey Underground Lecture Hall from 600pm -800pm Part 1 on January 12...

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