Category: Education

Beacon Training Parks | west-central Montana Image

Beacon Training Parks | west-central Montana

Education | General

  As the mantra goes: Practice makes perfect. The ability to respond successfully in an avalanche boils down to training and knowing how to use your equipment: a beacon, probe, and shovel. Beacon Training Parks provide users of all ages, abilities, and experience levels with an opportunity to hone...

Missoula Gives | Today & Tomorrow! Image

Missoula Gives | Today & Tomorrow!

Education | Fundraising | General

Dear Friends, These are challenging times, and as a community-powered organization, we depend on you to make avalanche forecasts and educational programs possible. This year, more than ever, avalanche forecasting and education funding are uncertain. We expect reduced funding this year to impact us next season, and we are...

01-24-20 Snowpack Update Image

01-24-20 Snowpack Update

Education | General | Snowpack | Weather

Avalanche conditions from January 11th until January 24th have been at considerable danger, trending towards moderate danger. We are currently most concerned with persistent weak layers, failing near the ground on depth hoar and facets. The second problematic persistent weak layer is a combination buried surface hoar, near-surface facets, and crusts. This weak layer is found at different...

Lake Dinah Avalanche 01/01/2020 Preliminary Report Image

Lake Dinah Avalanche 01/01/2020 Preliminary Report


Preliminary Report of Lake Dinah Avalanche Accident  On January 01, 2020, at approximately 1400hrs, three snowmobilers were involved in an avalanche approximately 1 mile NW of Lake Dinah, 12 miles NW of Seeley Lake, MT.  The riders were caught and carried a short distance, two were fully buried, and...



Education | Snowpack | Weather

WCMAC forecasters are in the field analyzing how recent storm snow is gaining strength, tracking where the wind is drifting snow and keeping a close eye on buried persistent weak layers. This Thursday 1/10/19 from 6 – 8 PM at Big Sky Brewing, they will return from a day in...

Know Before You Go | Online Avalanche Education Program Thumbnail Image

Know Before You Go | Online Avalanche Education Program


Looking to become more familiar with avalanche awareness information or brush up on key safety points before heading into the backcountry? Check out the new Know Before You Go (KBYG) e-learning program from the Utah Avalanche Center. This free interactive learning platform is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about...