Backcountry Access (BCA):
Check out our friends at BCA. The most-trusted name in backcountry safety.
Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC):
The CAIC is a cash-funded program of the Colorado Geological Survey under the directorship of the State Geologist Vince Matthews. Funding comes from donations, contributions, and the Severance Tax fund. If you would like to help support the CAIC, please visit our Supporters of the CAIC page.
The CAIC has 4 offices that issue backcountry avalanche forecasts. The main office is in Boulder, co-located with the National Weather Service. Field offices are located in Breckenridge, Aspen, and the Northern San Juan. Staff at CAIC-Boulder forecast the weather and avalanche conditions for all zones. Field office forecasters concentrate on the snowpack and avalanche conditions within their zones. The CAIC works closely with the Crested Butte Avalanche Center.
The CAIC began in 1973 as the Colorado Avalanche Warning Center. It is the oldest public avalanche forecast program in the United States. http://avalanche.state.co.us/about-us/events/7th-annual-caic-benefit-bash/
We also find this page very useful—to study and learn about past avalanche accidents. It’s important to look for the danger signs that led up to the accident, and understand how similar mistakes can be avoided in your own backcountry travels. There is no better way to honor and respect our fallen backcountry family, than to learn from the variables and scenarios that took them too soon.
Utah Avalanche Center:
The Utah Avalanche Center is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization partnering with the Forest Service. Our mission is to keep people on top of the Greatest Snow on Earth™. We do that by giving winter backcountry travelers the tools they need to stay alive and have fun in avalanche terrain. We cover the entire state of Utah and have offices in Logan, Salt Lake City, and Moab.
Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness:
Their mission is to provide entry level avalanche education and training at no cost, to raise awareness and reduce accident occurrence in the backcountry.
Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness also provides several advanced classes, but in a cost-effective manner.
Throttle Decisions is a fast-paced video series aimed at encouraging mountain sledders to become better trained in avalanche safety. Its eight short components move through the AST course, tackling topics such as terrain, companion rescue, mountain weather and how to read the avalanche bulletin.