Give Back Tahoe: Sierra Avalanche Center increases forecasting staff |

Give Back Tahoe: Sierra Avalanche Center increases forecasting staff

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Sierra Avalanche Center, a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has hired a new forecaster and a new avalanche observer thanks to the support of donors, sponsors and members.

The avalanche center now employs three full-time avalanche forecasters and two part-time avalanche observers, which allows the center to provide more frequent observations from all corners of a forecast area that extends from Yuba Pass north of Sierraville to Ebbetts Pass near Bear Valley.

The daily avalanche advisory, posted at, is a vital tool that informs backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers of avalanche danger in the backcountry.

Sierra Avalanche Center has also connected with local guide services, including Tahoe Mountain School, Alpenglow Expeditions and Donner Summit Avalanche Seminars, and is hosting regular avalanche observations from these guide services at, which gives backcountry travelers more frequent and in-depth observations about the state of the snowpack in and around the Tahoe Basin.

Avalanche awareness and education is also a key part of the Sierra Avalanche Center’s mission and the non-profit will offer “Know Before You Go” avalanche awareness presentations to ski teams, schools and ski shops around the Tahoe region this winter. For a full calendar of avalanche awareness presentations and avalanche courses, visit:

The Sierra Avalanche Center would like to thank sponsors, donors and members for the support that allows the non-profit to continue to grow and increase its forecasting, observation and education programs, especially “Summit” sponsors Sugar Bowl Resort, Vail Resort’s EpicPromise Grant, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resort.

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