Virtual Powder Blast 2021

We have reached our $65K fundraising goal for Virtual Powder Blast 2021!

We are so grateful for every donation, large or small. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. Individuals and businesses, sponsors and donors, for love of the backcountry and in honor of loved ones -- you helped us meet our goal and keep another year of avalanche safety information, programs, and outreach going strong!

We provide over $100,000 every year in support of quality, free avalanche safety education and the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center's efforts to inform the recreating public about avalanche danger.

Donate and help us continue to be an essential part of your winter mornings! Help us match our sponsors' contributions of $36,700 towards our total fundraising goal of $65,000. Your donations directly help keep backcountry users informed and alive.

Where your donation goes:

Avalanche Education Programs Last Winter
3,136 participants
444 snowmobile-specific participants
43 classes
41 paid instructors

Beacon Checkers at Trailheads
9 locations including: Cooke City, Bridger Bowl, Buck Ridge, Taylor Fork, Lionhead, and Beehive Basin
2 additional planned for this winter: Fairy Lake parking area and Fir Ridge near West Yellowstone.

Daily Advisories Last Winter
121 advisories from Dec. 12 to April 11
19 early season and postseason bulletins 
7,000 unique individuals reached 

Field Days Last Winter
112 days outside observing weather patterns, digging pits and investigating avalanches
135 snow pits dug

Beacon Parks
4 locations: Story Mill Park Bozeman, Bridger Bowl, Cooke City, West Yellowstone

Weather Stations
5 remote weather stations: Lionhead Ridge, Taylor Fork, Hyalite Canyon, Cooke City (one additional station being installed this winter)

Thank you for your help in ensuring this outreach continues!
  • Laura Ryan 
    • 300 $ 
    • 8 mos
  • Christian Dean 
    • 100 $ 
    • 9 mos
  • Dan Ostrander 
    • 737 $ 
    • 9 mos
  • Gretchen Chenenko 
    • 200 $ 
    • 9 mos
  • Joshua Boulange 
    • 25 $ 
    • 9 mos
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Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.