About Us

Payette Avalanche Center functions as a partnership between the US Forest Service and a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization known as The Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center. These entities have partnered through a formal agreement to provide a quality product for the public and affected agencies.

The ‘”Friends” is a non-profit organization, with 501(c)(3) status, formed in 1999. Our mission is to: provide a community based forum to share avalanche information, to operate and maintain beacon basin training facilities in the area, to provide basic avalanche education to all types of winter recreationists, and to be a partner to the Payette Avalanche Center in the West Central Mountains of Idaho. The “Friends” believe education leads to awareness, and awareness leads to safe backcountry travel. It is our desire to foster the community and government support that will allow the P.A.C. to continue to grow and provide individuals the tools and information necessary for safe backcountry recreation. The “Friends” organization depends entirely on the support of volunteers and the generosity of the public to attain their fund-raising goals. As federal and state budgets for avalanche centers shrink, groups like the Friends of the PAC are doing more to fund local avalanche centers efforts to provide avalanche advisories and education. We need your help! Your support will enable the P.A.C. to continue to provide current avalanche information, offer community education, and purchase necessary equipment. Click here to Become A ‘Friend‘. If you would like to get more involved email us to find out how, we need volunteer board members, and folks to help us out with our outreach, classes and fundraising.