First Snow = First turns

Submitted by Doug Chabot on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 12:49

I just got back from a dawn patrol ski tour in the Bridgers! Yesterday’s snowstorm dumped heaps of snow at the higher elevations and the skiing was the better than I ever would have guessed.

Ok, I’m joking.  But admit it, you got a little excited, didn’t you?

The Avalanche Center is just cracking the door back open.  I’m working part time and Mark and Eric won’t be on board until October.  But there are some exciting events coming up as well as good opportunities for avalanche education.  I’m listing the highlights below and will keep you informed in the coming weeks so you can start to make plans and get psyched for an epic winter.

Enjoy the autumn and stay tuned,




Montana Import Group is title sponsor of this year’s 15th annual Powder Blast. Grizzly Outfitters and Mystery Ranch are the other key supporters. Join us for the best fundraiser of the year! All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Avalanche Center which supports avalanche awareness, education and information throughout southwest Montana.

Your $30 donation gets you an unforgettable evening at the Emerson Cultural Center.

Beer and Wine from Lone Peak Brewery

Asian dinner by Bountiful Table

Music by the Holler N’ Pine

And the best silent auction of outdoor gear in the valley!

“Elevation”, a movie by PowderWhore Productions; 1 October

Tuesday, October 1 at the Eagles Club (316 E. Main St.) 9pm $10

Raffle to benefit Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center


More info:

Intro to Avalanches w/ Field Course, MSU; 4, 5 and 7 December

Info and registration:

Snowmobiler Intro to Avalanches w/ Field Course, West Yellowstone: 19 and 20 December

Info and registration:


  • A free GNFAC App for Android and iOS is coming soon.
  • We added a Blog page to our website where we will post articles and write about important avalanche related issues.
  • A map on our Weather page with new links to the popular weather sites.
  • A new map with area Placenames will be launched soon.