Message from the Friends of Payette Avalanche Center

Dear Friends and Community Members,


We at the FPAC want to extend our heartfelt wishes for health and well being to all during these trying times. It is an unprecedented situation and one that highlights the importance of community. We want to share a few thoughts with you concerning this wonderful area we call home.


On March 25th, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order. “From the get-go, our focus has been to slow the spread of Coronavirus to protect our most vulnerable citizens and preserve capacity in our healthcare system,” said Gov. Little. And on March 20th the City of McCall issued a Public Travel advisory to inform the public that McCall and its rural infrastructure simply cannot handle an increase in population currently.


We understand the need to be out in open spaces, to continue to recreate and enjoy the splendors that only mother nature can offer. With this we ask you consider the effects you may unknowingly have on others. Now is not the time for traveling to small mountain communities with limited infrastructure. If you are still traveling in the backcountry, we encourage you to step back on your pursuit of riskier lines and more remote locations. Ask yourself, “If something happens, will this place more burden on our already strained health care system and local resources?”



One of the awesome things about living in the West Central Mountains is the close proximity to many forms of outdoor recreation. We encourage you to get outside and enjoy the place we live but please do so with care and consideration for all who call this place home. Thank you.

-Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center


*Current Closures 3/28/2020. From Valley County Facebook Page-

- Valley County has suspended all snowmobile grooming operations.-Payette National Forest Snowmobile Parking lots are closed (including West Face, Gordon Titus, Wallace Lane) as well as IDL Parking Lots (Francis E Wallace, Brush Creek, Green Gate)-Brundage Mountain Resort and Tamarack (including all uphill traffic and parking lots), and the Little Ski Hill are closed.- Boise National Forest has closed access through May 15, 2020. This includes roads, campgrounds, hot springs and other access in the BNF.- Manchester Ice and Event Center: Closed until further notice-Cascade Aquatic & Recreation Center: Closed through March 31st.-Lake Cascade State Park Visitor’s Center & Ponderosa State Park Visitor's Center and Cabins: Closed until April 30th.- Idaho Power Boat Ramps, Parks & Day Use Areas: Closed until further notice.-McCall Fish Hatchery: Closed until further notice.

Beacon Training Park is up and running

The Friends are extrememly excited to announce the Beacon Training Park is up and running!  It's location is at Harshman skate park on 128 Idaho st. in McCall.  Look for the banner hanging, then head towards the entrance of the skate park and look for the command center in a BCA box.  Look for the latches on the underside of the command box.  Operating instructions are inside the box.  Please do not dig up the transmitters but just locate with a probe strike.  The park is open all the time to everyone.  A coarse seach might be needed to locate a signal as some of the transmitters are located a healthy distance from the command center.  Any problems or feedback, please email

Thank you!

Recipients of 1st Annual “Future Forecasters Scholarship”

We would like to congratulate both Nicholas Hardy and Brynne Kundrick for being the recipients of our 1st Annual Future Forecasters Scholarship.  We look forward to working with both of you and helping you with your pursuit into the professional realm of snow sciences!

Nicholas is a Senior at McCall-Donnelly and will be taking the AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course-Evaluating Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazard with Payette Powder Guides in February.

Brynne is a senior at McCall-Donnelly and will be taking the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course-Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain at Brundage in February.  

Both students have shown a strong interest in pursuing snow sciences as well as demonstrated the initiative we were looking for in our applicants. 

We are extremely excited to provide opportunities for the youth in our community.  Juniors in high school this season, start to prepare your resume and skill set to be able to apply next fall for this opportunity.  For more information and any questions, email

Thank you!

The Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center announces our “Future Forecasters Scholarship”

The Friends of Payette Avalanche Center is looking for local High school students who ski, board or sled interested in making a career in the snow sciences.  We want to jump start your studies by paying the tuition for a Level 1 or Level 2 Avalanche class.  

What - Tuition for local high school seniors to take a Level 1 or Level 2 Avalanche class with Payette Powder Guides or CM Rentals.

Who - High school seniors from McCall-Donnelly, New Meadows, or Cascade comfortable with over the snow travel either by motorized or non-motorized methods.  The Friends prefers a mix of motorized and non-motorized students since the two groups are more likely to submit observations from different places.

When - Deadline to Apply December 1st 2019.  Scholarships will be announced mid-December and the classes are in the middle of January 2020.The catch - The student will then submit avalanche observations upon completion of the course.  This will provide a platform for the student to practice their skills and continue on their path towards a professional career.  Professional observers and forecasters will be available to assist and mentor.  It will also provide valuable information to the PAC forecasters and the community.

How to Apply - send an email to telling us why you should be considered for the scholarship. Give us a little background on yourself, what interests you in the snow sciences and how you plan to use your skills in the future.  Extra consideration will be given to students who submit and avalanche observation before Dec 1st .  Observations are submitted via the PAC website here:

Any additional questions please email to