The Flathead Avalanche Center (FAC) will launch a new website on November 16th, 2012, to provide information on avalanche conditions and avalanche education opportunities. The website will launch with basic information, but will evolve to be responsive to the public’s needs. In addition to a new website, there is also a FAC Twitter feed which people can follow to receive immediate updates and notifications. The center will begin issuing advisories on December 8th unless there is not enough snow or conditions dictate a need to start earlier.
The new FAC website is part of an ongoing reorganization of the Flathead National Forest’s (FNF) avalanche program. FNF Snow and Avalanche Specialist Tony Willits is the center’s coordinator. Willits says “I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead as we try to provide quality information and education so recreationist can make good choices.”
The FAC is also increasing the number of weekly advisories from two to three, which will now include a Saturday advisory in addition to the Tuesday and Friday advisories. The advisories will cover the prominent ranges in the Flathead and Kootenai national forests and some portions of Glacier National Park.
The new FAC website address is www.flatheadavalanche.org, and you can follow the FAC Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/FACAvalanche. The phone number to call for recorded avalanche advisories remains the same: 406-257-8402.
Hiking in Glacier National Park