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15th Annual Pray for Snow | Virtual Raffle & Silent Auction Image

15th Annual Pray for Snow | Virtual Raffle & Silent Auction

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As fall lingers on, we wait for our favorite stashes to fill in and become skiable and ridable again. If your patience is wearing as thin as the snowpack, we have the perfect distraction in preparation for winter’s main attraction. Today the Pray for Snow virtual raffle and silent...

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Employment Listing | Avalanche Center Lead Forecaster Image

Employment Listing | Avalanche Center Lead Forecaster

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West Central Montana Avalanche Center POSITION:  Avalanche Center Lead Forecaster POSITION TYPE: Full-time, seasonal LOCATION: Missoula, Montana DATE POSTED: September 28, 2021 CLOSING DATE: October 30, 2021 BACKGROUND: The West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC) is seeking candidates for Lead Forecaster. The WCMAC is provided through the West Central Montana...

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Support your local avalanche center | Missoula Gives!

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Dear Friends, The West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation (a.k.a. Missoula Avalanche, WCMAF) is honored to serve our growing community and participate in Missoula Gives. This fantastic event is an annual celebration of giving created to connect you with the causes you care about most. As we celebrate Missoula Gives,...

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Employment Listing | Avalanche Center Director

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West Central Montana Avalanche Center POSITION:  Avalanche Center Director POSITION TYPE: Full-time, seasonal LOCATION: Missoula, Montana DATE POSTED: May 4, 2021 CLOSING DATE: August 5, 2021 BACKGROUND: The West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC) is seeking candidates for WCMAC Director. The WCMAC is provided through the West Central Montana Avalanche...

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A new season brings new beginnings

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As we reflect on a successful winter operating season, it is bittersweet for the West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC) to announce that Travis Craft is retiring and moving on from avalanche center duties. With a background in snow safety and outdoor education, Travis began working with the WCMAC...

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Big St. Joe avalanche case study part 2

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This is the second of three articles in the case study of an avalanche accident that happened on Big St. Joseph Peak on Sunday, January 3, 2021. The first article included an overview of the accident and examined human factors and how heuristic traps can influence our decision making....

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Big St. Joe Avalanche Case Study Part 1

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On January 3rd of 2021, two experienced skiers triggered an avalanche on the east face of St. Joseph Peak. One skier was caught and carried 300’. Luckily, he skied off the debris and was uninjured. Like all such incidents, there are valuable lessons to be learned through examination. Much...

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Beacon Training Parks | west-central Montana

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  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...

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Loving La Niña | Happening Now! Image

Loving La Niña | Happening Now!

Fundraising | General

WINTER IS BACK, AND WE’RE LOVING LA NIÑA!  You’ve prayed, hoped, and danced for snow all winter, and it’s finally here! Western Montana’s mountains are busier than ever before, with new and veteran backcountry users enjoying the goods. We want to help keep the stoke high while encouraging our...

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