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Pray For Snow Party | Save The Date

Fundraising | General | Pray For Snow

Time to mark your calendar for Missoula Avalanche’s 12th Annual Pray For Snow Party! This big bash benefits West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC) public avalanche awareness information and education opportunities. Festivities will include live music, local food vendors, Big Sky Brewing beverages, awesome raffle prizes, fun and more! With an increasing number...

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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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Missoula Gives Event | Today!

Fundraising | General

🗓 | Today! Event: Missoula Gives Date: May 4th Time: Now – 10 PM MST Location: Join us from anywhere and everywhere through our online giving platform:  WCMAF | Missoula Gives Missoula Gives provides a great opportunity to give where you live and support the avalanche center services you rely on. Giving goal...

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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 Image

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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Weather Summary 1/14/18

General | Weather

The week started out simply enough, a scattered inch here and there before dramatically shifting mid-week. Wednesday brought a foot of snow to the Seeley Lake area and inch and a half of water. The northern half of the advisory area got the most snow and water from the...

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Weather Summary 1/7/18

General | Weather

This weeks weather is easier to summarized than the last two weeks. There were no storms bringing feet of snow, just the occasional inch or two here and there. It may come as a surprise considering the lack of any major weather events but this week was marked by...

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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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Weather Summary 12/31/17

General | Weather

The second week of advisories are in the books and boy was it a doozie. The week started cold and relatively calm. Over the Christmas Holiday snow slowly started to accumulate as 3-6 inches of snow accumulated monday and again on Tuesday. Snows tapered slightly Wednesday before picking up...

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Advisories, Warnings, and Weather Updates

General

The first week of advisories are in the books and there was a ton of information presented in a variety of forms. If you felt overwhelmed last week rest assured you are not alone. We would like to take this time to explain the different methods that we use...

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The Western Montana Winter Fair

Fundraising

    As part of its mission to serve the community year-round, the Missoula County Fairgrounds and Glacier Ice Rink will host the first annual Western Montana Winter Fair, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 6 pm on December 16 and 17, 2017. This new event...

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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 Image

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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Great Article on How to Interpret ECT’s Image

Great Article on How to Interpret ECT’s

Snowpack

Here is a great article on the Black Diamond Site that talks about the uses of snow pack tests to see how sensitive a persistent weak layer is. Here is the link We are having a free Avalanche Awareness Class Tonight 600 pm at North Underground Urey Lecture Hall...

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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 2018

Education | Fundraising | General

Missoula Avalanche presents the 12th Annual Pray For Snow Party!! Join your friends on Friday October 5th from 5:30pm – 10:30pm at Caras Park in downtown Missoula to Celebrate the upcoming frosty time of year! This year’s fundraiser brings great music from Jameson and the Sorrid Seeds, 2 giant...

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Wind Slabs

General | Weather

We have had two public observations of wind slabs in the Bitterroot.  Take a look before you head out. Remember identify wind slabs and avoid them.  These slabs are on many different aspects, and some slopes are cross-loaded due to the changes in wind direction over the last couple...

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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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Weather Update

General

Winter Weather Update: Large snow totals predicted.  As this system enters our area we will update the advisory as needed.  

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2016-2017 News Release

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The West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC) has announced the following staff changes for the upcoming 2016-2017 winter avalanche season. Travis Craft, has assumed leadership responsibilities for the center. Steve Karkanen, director of the center since 2006, retired at the end of the 2015-2016 season. Karkanen, an avalanche specialist...

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2016 Pray For Snow Party – 10th Annual!

Fundraising

The 10th Annual Pray for Snow Party will be taking place at Caras Park on Friday, October 21st from 5:30-10:30. Come listen to the sweet sounds of Caroline Keys and the Lane Splitters and then the Come listen to the sweet sounds of Caroline Keys and the Lane Splitters and...

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RIMO Slide Show March 24th

General

Skip Horner has guided worldwide adventures for more than 40 years, including scaling the highest mountain on every continent, rafting over a dozen wild rivers on five continents,and skiing the highest peaks in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Rimo 1 expedition was a multi-national expedition into India’s remote...

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What is Avanet?

General

Avanet is a new online platform that allows people to record and share mountain safety observations in real time. Currently you can sign up for free as a recreational user and have access to all of the mapping, route planning and observation tools that it offers. You can sign...

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Recent Avalanches

General

In the past week, 4 individuals have died in avalanches in CO, WY, UT and here in MT bringing the season total to 10 as of January 23. The accident in SW MT Tuesday hits close to home as it involved an avalanche professional.  Darren Johnson, a professional ski...

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Level 1 Refresher Update

General

Hey folks, We are in the process of expanding our education program! We realize that there are a lot of well educated people out in the backcountry who are looking for a course to update their avalanche skills. We are super excited to be able to offer a Level 1 Refresher course...

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Montana Avalanche Fatality

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We are sad to report that the first Montana avalanche death of the 2015/16 season occurred over the weekend in Cooke City, MT. See Video The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is investigating the incident and a full report will be archived in the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s web data-base....

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AAI Level 2 in Missoula Jan. 2-5, 2016

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The American Avalanche Institute is teaming up with missoulaavalanche and the University of Montana Outdoor Program to offer a Level 2 Avalanche class in Missoula.  A level 2 course is designed for students with level 1 avalanche skills. Participants will go deeper into the science of snow metamorphism, and...

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2015 Pray For Snow Party

Fundraising

Whoop! It’s that time of year again! Bring your snow buddies to pray to the snow gods down at Caras Park from 5-10:30pm on Friday October 2nd and help support the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation. Music by local favorites The Skurfs and the funky sounds of Shakewell. We’ll...

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