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Spring Avalanche Statement-2017

Our last avalanche advisory of the season was issued Sunday, April 9, 2017. We've issued a spring avalanche statement discussing some of the potential avalanche problems you may encounter this spring. 

We greatly appreciate having the support of this amazing community in northwest MontanaPlease continue to send in your observations as you are out and about this spring as they are still valuable to everyone still playing in the mountains. You can submit snowpack or avalanche observations on the website or email fac.admin@flatheadavalanche.org. Thanks for all of the observations, feedback, and general support of the Flathead Avalanche Center this year. We are so grateful for the Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center and Glacier National Park for their in-kind and financial support.  We will be working on the 2016-2017 Annual Report over the next month. Also, please welcome Zach Guy, the new Flathead Avalanche Center Director, to the Flathead Valley. He started April 3 and will be working until the end of May, and then back in early fall. 

Have a great spring and summer!

FAC Staff

Observations and Rewards!

Congratulations to Nathan Basford who won $50 to his favorite local outdoor retailer for submitting observations to us during the month of March. We'd like to thank the Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center for making this contest possible. Observations help make the advisory better and more accurate.

 

Forecaster's Corner

The latest edition of "Forecaster's Corner" is available for your reading pleasure. Zach Miller (our FAC intern) discusses avalanche rescue and how to be prepared in such a situation

New director selected for FAC!

The Flathead National Forest is pleased to announce Zach Guy as the new Director of the Flathead Avalanche Center (FAC).  Zach is currently the Director of the Crested Butte Avalanche Center in Crested Butte, Colorado. Zach comes to the FAC with a Masters of Science degree from Montana State's Snow Science department and 6 years of forecasting and snow safety experience working for Irwin Guides and the Crested Butte Avalanche Center. Karl Birkeland, Director of the National Avalanche Center, says that “he is excited to see the Flathead National Forest bringing in a top notch candidate to lead the Flathead Avalanche Center.”  Zach will be stepping into his new position later in the season, coming in behind Erich Peitzsch, of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), who is stepping down as Director to pursue his Ph.D. research in snow and avalanche science. Erich will continue to support FAC part time and maintain an applied research collaboration with the USGS and FAC.

Until Zach arrives, Todd Hannan, who is in his 4th year as an Avalanche Specialist with FAC, has stepped in as Interim Director and will lead the FAC and the daily forecasting operations, along with Avalanche Specialists Mark Dundas, Erich Peitzsch, and Seth Carbonari. Guy Zoellner will provide support to the FAC as an observer, along with Jenny Cloutier as the education coordinator for the Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center (FOFAC). FOFAC helps support FAC financially as well as promoting avalanche education programs in northwest Montana and beyond.

The purpose of the FAC is to inform and educate the community and businesses about the impact of snow avalanches on recreation, tourism, and industry. The goal is to help provide the public with current avalanche, snowpack and mountain weather information, as well as provide basic avalanche education and educational resources.  FAC achieves this purpose through a dual mission of avalanche forecasting and public education. FAC provides winter backcountry travelers the tools they need to stay alive and recreate safely in avalanche terrain.  For information visit

http://www.flatheadavalanche.org/ or call the hotline at 406.257.8402. 

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