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Avalanche Problems

Forecaster: Michael Hatch
Issued: 2 weeks ago (Fri, Apr 15)
BOTTOM LINE: With the addition of 8" to 12" or more of new snow above 8,000' sitting on stout and slick melt/freeze crusts our area mountains are likely to experience a major wet slab and loose wet natural avalanche cycle as temps climb and melt water percolates through the snowpack. With temperatures at upper elevations reaching into the upper 50's and with no solid freeze likely from Saturday onwards the pos...   

WAC News

Kip Rand - Continuing the Vision

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 12:43 AM
by Julian Pridmore-Brown

It's been a little over a week since we celebrated the life of Kip Rand. As we look to the future of the Avalanche Center it's truly heartening to see all the support and encouragement from so many people. Keeping Kip's vison for WAC will be a reality thanks to the generosity of our friends. Thank You. 

While we remain committed to the future of WAC, we will spend the next few months carefully evaluating our direction and focus going forward. Long term sustainable funding continues to be a significant challenge that we must confront. As the acting Director, I'm actively reaching out to our community and asking for ideas on where we should go. Kip had some great ideas that were in motion so we have a solid base from which to start. It's also a great time to ask ourselves what we can do better. In doing so I've tried to make no assumptions and make everything an option again. I've received some good input and look forward to receiving more.

Many of you have asked about donating to the Kip Rand Memorial Fund. You can contact Community Bank in Joseph and ask to make a donation to the fund through the account set up at the bank. Alternatively, you can make a donation through the avalanche center to the fund. The PayPal link below will ensure your donation is channeled to the fund through the Avalanche Center. 

Thanks You!

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