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Our story

The Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is a 501(c)3 organization that was created to support the CAIC, while contributing to avalanche awareness and education throughout Colorado. Since 2014 we have invested just over $2.4 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. 

Our Mission

The mission of Friends of CAIC is to support avalanche forecasting and education throughout Colorado.

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Key 2023/2024 Season Accomplishments

Forecasting and Operations

Gave $300,000 to directly support CAIC's forecasting operations which helps fund the daily forecasts that the backcountry community depends on

Education and Awareness

Trailhead Outreach Program (TOP) which visited over 70 trailheads and documented 7000+ conversations with backcountry users - and conducted 12 field days in our new mobile education trailer

Research

Supported the CAIC and Simon Fraser University's "Snow Pool" project launch which encouraged over 1200 backcountry users to provide input on avalanche danger communications

Who supports the forecast?

2000+

Active Members

550+

Annual renewing members

75+

Business Partners

8+

Local Government Partners

Read our latest Annual Report