Our Team & Mission
A partnership committed to sharing information that reduces avalanche incidents and fatalities in Northwest Montana
FLATHEAD AVALANCHE CENTER
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. We forecast approximately 1.2 million acres of public land, encompassing the Whitefish, Flathead, and Swan ranges, as well as portions of the Apgar, Lewiston, and Lewis Ranges in Glacier National Park. 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. Our daily forecasting season typically extends from November/December to April/May, depending on conditions. Advisories are typically issued by 7 a.m.
FRIENDS OF THE FLATHEAD
AVALANCHE CENTER (FOFAC)
As the non-profit arm of Flathead Avalanche, FOFAC is a 501c3 organization focused on funding, education, and community outreach. We are 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. FOFAC leads our education programming, instructing as many as 2,000 members of our community per winter through field courses and workshops. FOFAC contributes in many ways to the Flathead Avalanche mission, including capital purchases such as weather stations, snowmobiles, and our website.
Board of Directors
Ted Steiner (President), Jenny Cloutier (Vice President), Zak Anderson (Secretary & interim Treasurer), Woody Hust, Lloyd Morsett, Ed Visnovske, Mikaela Bourret, James Heckman, Chris Prew (ex officio)
Ted Steiner, Jenny Cloutier, Zak Anderson
Lloyd Morsett, Erich Peitzsch, Mark Dundas, Jenny Cloutier, Jackson George, Emily Struss, Meg Killen, Clare Menzel
Jenny Cloutier, Ed Visnovske, Meg Killen, Clare Menzel, Emily Struss
Zak Anderson, James Heckman, Emily Struss, Clare Menzel
Ted Steiner, Woody Hust, Lloyd Morsett, Cam Johnson, Emily Struss