Welcome to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) web site. This site is brought to you by the Friends of the GNFAC, a non-profit supporting avalanche awareness and education through a partnership with the GNFAC.
Based in Bozeman, Montana, the GNFAC covers an area of approximately 6,000 mi2, including the Bridger, Gallatin, and Madison Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone, and the mountains around Cooke City.
Eric Knoff and Doug Chabot talk about how steep a slope you need to dig a pit on to get good data. The answer is, "Not that steep."
Doug Chabot and Eric Knoff talk about the questions they ask themselves about avalanches when they are in the backcountry regarding terrain and snowpack.
You should dig snowpits and perform stability tests, but how many is enough? Well that depends... Doug and Eric discuss the relationship between your objectives and pit digging.
GNFAC partners with groups around the region to provide evening avalanche classes, plus full day and multi-day courses, including some weekend field days. All our class offerings, along with courses from other providers, are on our Education Calendar.