FOFAC Recorded Classes

We've learned a huge bonus of moving online due to COVID is now you don't have to miss out on really sweet avalanche safety classes. Keep scrolling for our recorded Topics Classes from the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons. If you're looking for NRSAW recordings, click here

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2021/2022 Recorded Classes

Fireside Chat Series 

New this year we've introduced a series called Fireside Chats. In these sessions, we'll meet with a Flathead Avalanche Center Forecaster and hear a state of the snowpack report. We'll also hear from a local who has a story to sha TBD re from a recent accident. We'll have a facilitated discussion to learn from these incidents. Huge thanks to the Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau for supporting these sessions for the 21/22 season. And a huge thanks to Dr. Sara Boilen for facilitating these discussions. 

Session 1 • December 2021

Session 2 • February 2022

Session 3 • March 22

Mapping Tech with OnX Backcountry

Sadly a tech glitch caused a disruption in the video. We are working on an alternative viewing option, stay tuned. 

Big Avalanches in a Changing Climate in Northwest Montana 

We are excited to welcome back former FAC Director Dr. Erich Peitzsch for our next Topics workshop! He’s shared his recent research about how the frequency of large avalanches changes with the climate. Click the link below to hear more about how he gathered this information from the rings of avalanche-impacted trees in Northwest Montana. Erich is a Research Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in West Glacier, Montana, where he studies avalanches across the western U.S. and Alaska. His recent research looks at relationships between avalanche frequency and climate, wet snow avalanche dynamics, and snow depth changes across the landscape.



20202/2021 Recorded Classes

NRSAW 2020

Dr. Jordy Hendrikx • Powder Arousal and the White Heat Project


Dr. Pascal Haegeli • New insight into how recreationists use and understand avalanche forecasts


Martina Halik • Managing Avalanche Risk Over a Multi-Week Ski Traverse: A Practitioners Experience

Also included in this recording is our post-adventure yoga session with Christiane Hinterman. Jump in ~60 minutes in to get to Martina's session

Life and Death in the Silver Mountain Avalanche Accident •  Rebecca Hurlen-Patano - Survivor, Ken Scott - Survivor, Jeff Thompson - Rescue Leader


Backcountry Gear with RMO 

Join David "Powder" Steele from Rocky Mountain Outfitters ran through backcountry gear basics. He laid out some great pointers on what to bring, crowd favorites, and maybe a couple of things to add to your wish list. Enjoy!

Solving for Z

We were stoked to have professional Mountain Guide and all-around badass, Zahan Billimoria, with us to share his incredible documentary and his time with us for what ended up being a delightful discussion about risk and reward in the mountains (and of course, avalanche safety).



Normalization of Deviance with Cody Townsend

What a special night with pro-skier Cody Townsend who presented on The Normalization of Deviance. This was such a great presentation followed by a lively discussion that probably could have gone on for hours. Check it out yourself.


Avalanche Safety and Ice Climbing 

Eric Haskell and Mark Allen joined us for a discussion around avalanche safety and ice climbing. It was awesome to learn climbers' considerations and best practices around mitigating their avalanche risk. Check it out here. 

Click for Mark's Slides

Spring Touring

Join FAC Director, Blase Reardon, for our topics class on Spring Touring. Blase lets you know what to expect this time of year and some things to consider to mitigate your risk.  



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