Join Friends of CAIC Today

Join Friends of CAIC Today

Join Friends of CAIC Today

Join Friends of CAIC Today

Join Friends of CAIC Today

Over 2,450 people just like you have joined Friends of CAIC since the program launched in October of 2020. Memberships helped fund more than 200 new trailhead signs across the state. They’ve helped contribute $150,000 directly to the CAIC for forecasting operations, including the over 850 daily CAIC forecasts written so far for 20/21. Our members participated in the first regional snowpack live update, and received insider member updates via email. They’ve bought merchandise at a discount from Friends of CAIC and our partners. Join today and become part of the community that supports avalanche safety and education in Colorado.

Membership Levels

Trailhead Member

$35-$99

- 2020/2021 Member Sticker
- Printed Membership Card
- Partner Discounts (see full list below) 
- January and March Regional Snowpack Live Digital Updates
- Quarterly member update email
- 10% Discount on Friends of CAIC online store 
 

Treeline Member

$100-$499

- Friends of CAIC Member Logo Socks by Point6
- 2020/2021 Member Sticker
- Printed Membership Card
- Partner Discounts (see full list below)
- January and March Regional Snowpack Live Digital Updates
- Quarterly member update email
- 10% Discount on Friends of CAIC online store
 

Summit Member

$500+

- Friends of CAIC Member Logo La Sportiva Jacket   (M or W)
- Tickets to the Annual “State of the Friends of CAIC and CAIC” discussion

- 2020/2021 Member Sticker
- Printed Membership Card
- Partner Discounts (see full list below)
- January and March Regional Snowpack Live Digital Updates
- Quarterly member update email
- 10% Discount on Friends of CAIC online store

Why are you a member?

Sam Bacon

Summit Member

"I am a member of Friends of CAIC because I feel a personal commitment to supporting a resource that I use all the time. Our family spends a lot of time recreating in the mountains, both ourselves and others depend on the CAIC and Friends of CAIC to keep the community safe. "
 

Leo Tsuo

Treeline Member

“My life has been about community building, and that’s what Friends of CAIC membership is all about. A community is not just people with common interests, it’s uniting (comm – unity) to accomplish great things. Friends of CAIC members collectively support the resources we all depend on to recreate safely.” Leo Tsuo, owner of Weston, the second-largest splitboard company in the United States, has designed, implemented, and created a new kind of community within the backcountry: one that prioritizes education over fear, communication over secrecy, inclusion over elitism."
 

Ellen Hollinshead

Trailhead Member

“I have been a backcountry skier from Summit County for a long time, back in the day when we had to call the CAIC to get the avalanche report, and when we never saw anyone else skiing other than on Baldy. But times have changed, dramatically. CAIC forecasters work very hard to do what they do and Friends of CAIC has done an amazing job of making their workload easier. I also appreciate the social media presence of Friends of CAIC, because it gives us a platform for discussion. Thanks Friends of CAIC for all that you do!"

The backcountry community is growing. Your support is needed more than ever.

Join now to make a difference.

Make it annual starting at only $35 a year - less than a tank of gas!

Key Stats for 2020/2021

Year over Year ($) Sales Increases according to the Ski Industry Association Stats for 2020/2021 (snowsports.org)

  • Splitboards: up 181%
  • Alpine touring: up 91%
  • Snowshoes: up 141%
  • Technical backpacks (avalanche safety): up 59%
  • Backcountry accessories (skins, beacons, probes, avalanche shovels, etc.): up 104%

2020/2021 Accident Statistics (via the CAIC)

  • 11 People Killed in Colorado
  • 17 People Caught in Colorado
  • 3000+ Avalanches reported to CAIC in Colorado
  • 33 Deaths across the United States

Friends of CAIC Online Store Discount

Once you join, you can create an account using the same email on our online store and use the code "Member" to receive 10% off all purchases!

Support.FriendsofCAIC.org

Member Discounts

  • Point6 30% off products on Point6.com - members will receive coupon via email
  • Cripple Creek Backcountry 10% off purchases. Show card to staff before purchase, cannot be combined with other offers. In store only. Restrictions may apply.
  •  BentGate 10% off purchases. Show card to staff before purchase, cannot be combined with other offers. In store only. Restrictions may apply.
  • Wilderness Exchange Unlimited 10% off purchases. Show card to staff before purchase, cannot be combined with other offers. In store only. Restrictions may apply.
  • Pine Needle Mountaineering 10% off avalanche beacons, shovels, probes, and airbag packs. Show card to staff before purchase, cannot be combined with other offers. In store only.
  • Mountain Outfitters 10% off purchases. Show card to staff before purchase, cannot be combined with other offers. In store only. Restrictions may apply.
  • Salida Mountain Sports 10% off on beacon, shovel, probe and airbag packs. Show card to staff before purchase, cannot be combined with other offers. In store only.
  • Alpine Quest Sports 20% off of Rentals/ Demos & service items, show card to staff before purchase, cannot be combined with other offer
  • GoTenna 20% off products online - members will receive coupon via email
  • Evo Denver 10% off purchases, show card to staff before purchase, cannot be combined with other offers. In store only. Restrictions may apply.
  • Summit Canyon Mountaineering 10% off purchases, show card to staff before purchase, cannot be combined with other offers. In store only. Restrictions may apply.
  • First Ascent Coffee 15% off coupon sent via email
  • Mountaineers Books 20% off during month of December - Members will receive email in November with code and instructions
  • Desert Mountain Medicine 10% discount on all open enrollment courses (WFA, WAFA, WFR and WFR Recertification) available for registration by Desert Mountain Medicine. Each member can redeem their 10% discount code for 2020/2021 by calling the Desert Mountain Medicine office.
  • Ski Town All Stars 10% discount on all purchases in store
  • La Sportiva Boulder 10% discount on all purchases in store
  • Pachamama 20% discount on all online purchases of CBD products sourced from organic Colorado hemp 
  • Two Pines Supply 15% discount to members on all hard goods and 20% off on ski/snowboard labor
  • Ute Mountaineer: 10% off avalanche beacons, shovels, probes, snow study tools and airbag packs. Show card to staff before purchase, cannot be combined with other offers. In store only.
  • GAIA GPS: 3-month free Premium Membership trial. Get access to the entire Gaia GPS map catalog and download maps for offline use.

Frequently Asked Questions