The Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is a 501(c) organization that was created to support the CAIC, while contributing to avalanche awareness and education throughout Colorado. Since 2014 we have invested just over $1.8 million into avalanche safety. This money has funded Know Before You Go, 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.
The mission of Friends of CAIC is to support avalanche forecasting and education throughout the state of Colorado.
Friends of CAIC and the CAIC: Who does what?
Key FY21 Accomplishments
Forecasting and Operations
Gave $200,000 to directly support CAIC's forecasting operations which helps fund the daily forecasts that the backcountry community depends on
Education and Awareness
Launched online KBYG awareness classes in response to the pandemic, committed to funding KBYG 3.0 along with partner avalanche centers, which aims to become the AIARE Awareness Curriculum and launched broadcast and billboard PSA's in response to dangerous periods
Contributed over $20,00 to a new weather station and an expanded drone program, while continuing to fund improvements to the mobile app and website
Who supports the forecast?
Annual renewing members
Local Government Partners
The Friends of CAIC team works remotely across the state of Colorado.
Marketing and Events Director & Trailhead Program Manager
Membership and Development Coordinator
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Board of Directors
The all-volunteer Board of Directors provides insight and guidance on our mission and organizational direction.
Board Vice Chair
David W Clark
Non Voting CAIC Liason
Circle of Friends
This team of supporters lends their voice and reach to drive avalanche safety efforts, build membership, and expand the presence of the CAIC and Friends of CAIC across the backcountry community.