SUPPORT THE FRIENDS OF IPAC

The Friends of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center was formed in 2011 by a group of backcountry enthusiasts that had a goal to increase avalanche awareness and advisories for the public.  Through collaborating with the Forest Service and the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center they worked on setting important goals for funding, resources, and public outreach that the Friends and the Avalanche Center could work on achieving together.

The Friends of IPAC is a non-profit 501c3, organized to support and contribute to the educational and public advisory activities provided for the public by the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center. These activities include avalanche education for the public, operation of weather stations and organization of a team of snow observers to supplement observations made by the IPAC forecasters. The "Friends" Mission Statement is... To support the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Avalanche Center in providing avalanche forecasting and education to the public.

The Friends of IPAC rely on volunteers and donations to operate and assist the avalanche center to fund personnel and purchase gear.  Federal funding to support Avalanche Centers nationwide is limited so donations to expand the work of avalanche awareness comes from people like you. Your support will enable IPAC to continue to provide weekly avalanche advisories and expand their education curriculum. 

DONATE TO A PROJECT

Here are current projects we are working on funding. Designate your donation to one of these projects and know that your donation will be making a difference for the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center. Thank you for your support!

▪ INSTRUCTIONAL EQUIPMENT

The friends group provides education and awareness including safety courses here in the Idaho Panhandle. Instructional equipment needs include but are not limited to transceivers, shovels, probes, snow saws and tools.

▪ FORCASTING AND OPERATIONS

We are making progress towards a permanent, full-time Forest Service Director, filling this crucial Director position gives us the potential to add to regular avalanche forecasts days through the season. We are also working to continue the growth of avalanche information and education offerings for the greater Idaho Panhandle area, helping our increasing users stack the odds in their favor.

▪ DOUG ABROMEIT AVALANCHE SCHOLARSHIP

Every year the Friends of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center celebrates the work and life of Doug Abromeit (1948-2013) by starting the winter season with the Doug Abromeit Avalanche Scholarship. Doug was a native of Sandpoint, Idaho. The scholarship is intended to further avalanche education and awareness for those in our forecast region of North Idaho, Eastern Washington, and Western Montana. The Scholarship will provide one recipient admission to a Level 1 Avalanche Course conducted by the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center.

▪ DEDICATE MY DONATION IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY OF SOMEONE

 

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