OUR MISSION

Supporting Avalanche Forecasting and Education in Colorado

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Who We Are

The Friends of the CAIC (Colorado Avalanche Information Center) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
that was created to support the CAIC, while contributing to
avalanche awareness and education throughout Colorado. Over the past 15 years, the organization has funded avalanche awareness curriculums, developed avalanche safety videos and signage, created
outreach for new and existing users, built new web and
mobile applications, and supported the CAIC’s forecast
operations.

Why Is Avalanche Safety Important?

Colorado leads the nation in avalanche accidents and deaths. In fact, they are the most deadly weather-related natural hazard in the state on an annual basis, averaging about 6 deaths per year and many more non fatal injuries from involvements. During the 2022-2023 season, there were 122 people reported caught in avalanches. Of those caught, 11 were killed.

"The more people you have exposed to avalanche hazards, the more chances you have of someone getting involved in an avalanche. We have a huge winter recreation industry and culture in Colorado. We have about 27 major ski areas. We have highways that run through the mountains, a lot of people that live in the mountains, and people who visit us to play in the mountains."
Ethan Greene, Director of the CAIC

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Starting at only $35 per season, get exclusive stickers and access to 60% off logo gear and access to member only events.

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Our Trailhead Outreach Program Team reaches thousands of backcountry users of all types across the state of Colorado with avalanche safety information each season

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