A Great Start!


Our First Year: We’re excited to announce that in our first year we’ve build a great membership, developed a lot of partnerships and were able to show some solid progress in our goal to support the Mount Washington Avalanche Center.
Here are a few highlights;
1) $1600 of Sterling Rope & Equipment – critical for crevasse and technical rescues.
2) $2400 PETZL Headlamps – key components to nighttime search operations.
3) Laptop Computer – Integral to the daily advisory process.
4) 3 smartphones and 2 year service plan – taking the place of cameras and pagers.
5) 2 year subscription to AAA, American Avalanche Association $400

Next up…
1) Solar Panels for Harvard Cabin (to print daily advisories, currently done by hand)
2) ABS Avalanche Bags.
3) Snowmobile.
4) Educational handouts & brochures.

Ski the East

OUTDOOR Gear Exchange in Burlington Jan 9, 2014

SKI THE EAST, “Working for The Weekend” web series premier. We had a fantastic turn out, just under a hundred skiers, riders and winter effectionadoes  came out and enjoyed Ben Leoni’s spring quest in Tuckerman Ravine.

Your good friends from Liberty donated a sweet pair if backcountry planks as our big give away…and Baxter Beer supplied the brew.

Here’s  Ben with the lucky winner!

Ben leoni w_winner of Libery skis


Winter Chill Event a Wicked Good Time

Hardy good friends and supporters came out on a cold winters day to enjoy each others company, some fine Smuttynose brew and win some gear and lift passes. FMWAC board member Nick Diana tunes up skis per donation while WXGR handles the music vibe. Ski Helmets from Uvex, lift passes for Wildcat, Atttitash and Cranmore Mt. and Gift Certificates from EMS were raffled off.

winter chill poster

Special Thanks to Book & Bar for hosting this great way to kick off winter!


Fundraiser at Frontside Grind a big success!

Thanks to everyone who turned out to hear Chris Joosen, lead snow ranger and Joe Klementovich, snow ranger and photographer, speak,  bid on items at the silent auction and share some beer and pizza at the Frontside Grind. It was a bit overwhelming to see such a healthy turn out. Local, friends, press and visitors to the valley that have never heard of the avalanche center came out in full force to get to know what goes on in Huntington and Tuckerman Ravine during the winter. Getting the word out and helping educate the skiers, climbers and hikers that visit in the winter is one of our driving goals. The more people know before going into the back-country the safer all of us will be.

Here’s a link to the a nice write-up in the Union Leader. Thanks SARA YOUNG-KNOX!


Sterling Rope Donates Equipment to the Mount Washington Avalanche Center

klementovich-3923Frank Carus, snow ranger at the Mount Washington Avalanche Center, John Branagan of Sterling Rope and Bill Downey of the Friends of Mount Washington Avalanche Center. Through partnerships with outdoor manufacturers we’re all able to work together to help each other. Whether it’s providing much needed rescue ropes and equipment or supplies for the day to day operation of the center our group is working to help connect and support our local avalanche center. This is one step in that direction. We look forward to building new and long lasting connections as we grow.


Friends of MWAC

December 20th, 2011
Contact: Bill Downey

December 19th 2011 (Portsmouth, NH) – Bill Downey, owner of Portsmouth Kayak Adventures, today announced the creation of a non-profit organization called the Friends of Mt. Washington Avalanche Center (MWAC).

The Friends of MWAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to support the Mt. Washington Avalanche Center’s efforts including avalanche advisories, search and rescue, and avalanche educational programs. Friends of MWAC will achieve this mission through donations, sponsorships, grants and by hosting fundraising events.

The numbers of backcountry enthusiasts have grown over the years. However, the funding for education, forecasting, and rescue have declined. In fact, in the next two years budget cuts of 25% are predicted by the Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest. “We’ve established this group in order to assist the MWAC in maintaining the quality of services we’ve come to know and appreciate,” says Downey.

Friends of MWAC recently hosted their first fundraising and educational event at the end of November at Portsmouth Kayak Adventures. The Backcountry Skiing – Intro to Alpine Touring event attracted approximately 75 people who learned about the latest gear available in the industry. Attendees also had an opportunity for questions and answers and learned about MWAC’s services and responsibilities from Snow Ranger Jeff Lang of MWAC.

New Hampshire is the only state in the nation where the Fish and Game Department transfers Search and Rescue to the Forest from December 1st – Spring. The MWAC is operated by the Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest and is the only American avalanche center east of the Rockies. With the rich history of skiing and climbing here, it is also the oldest forecasting program in the country. The Friends of Mt. Washington Avalanche Center’s Board of Directors consists of Downey, John Knieriem, Marta Downing, Nick Diana, Micum Davis, Craig Taylor, Peter Miller, and Bruce Sommers.

To become a member of the Friends of MWAC, visit www.friendsofmwac.org and sign up for the enewsletter or donate directly on the website. For more information about the services offered by the MWAC, go to: www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org.