Pray For Snow: To raise money, avalanche center throws a party

Jeff Carty, director of the West Central Montana Avalanche Center, collects field data during a backcountry tour north of Missoula Jan. 9.


This Friday, for the 17th year, Missoula backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowmobile riders will gather to support an organization that helps ensure their safety in the backcountry: the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation. 

It doesn’t hurt that there will also be beer, food trucks, a DJ, costume party, online auction and in-person raffle. And everyone there will be hoping for deep powder turns this winter. 

Professional ski patroller and guide Victoria Rossin skis backcountry powder in Idaho on Feb. 27, 2023.


It all goes down during the Pray For Snow party and fundraiser held 5–10 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 6, at Caras Park Pavilion in downtown Missoula. The event is open to the public and helps support the nonprofit avalanche foundation, which runs the West Central Montana Avalanche Center. 

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