Flathead Avalanche is a public-private partnership committed to reducing avalanche incidents and fatalities in Northwest Montana


The Flathead Avalanche Center (FAC) is a Type 1 Avalanche Center operating out of the Hungry Horse Ranger Station in Region One of the USDA National Forest. The purpose of the FAC is to help prevent the loss of life, limb, and property to human and naturally occurring avalanches through information and education to the community. We forecast for approximately 1.2 million acres of public land, encompassing the Whitefish, Flathead, and Swan ranges, as well as portions of the Apgar, Livingston, and Lewis Ranges in Glacier National Park. Our daily forecasting season typically extends from November/December to April/May, depending on conditions. Advisories are typically issued by 7 a.m. here on flatheadavalanche.org.


As the non-profit arm of Flathead Avalanche, FOFAC is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on funding, education, and community outreach. Our mission is to financially support the Flathead Avalanche Center and save lives through avalanche education.

We teach more than 2,000 people every season. We reach a wide audience including motorized users, youth, women’s-specific groups, search and rescue organizations, and land management agencies. As part of our partnership with FAC, we provide staff and board capacity, as well as support with capital purchases including weather stations, snowmobiles, and our website.

FOFAC is guided by a Board of Directors, an amazing group of community members who volunteer their time and energy towards our mission. These folks provide mission guidance for staff, plan and execute events, and serve as community ambassadors for avalanche safety in the Flathead Valley.