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.
The mission of Friends of CAIC is to support avalanche forecasting and education throughout Colorado.
Key 2021/2022 Season 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 new Trailhead Outreach Program (TOP) which visited over 70 trailheads and documented 2300+ conversations with backcountry users - plus secured funding from the NFF to expand the program 2X this winter.
Contributed over $70,000 via grant funding to overhaul the CAIC website and databases.