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NH Nonprofits Merge to Support Mount Washington Avalanche Center

Published Tuesday Nov 15, 2022

NH Nonprofits Merge to Support Mount Washington Avalanche Center
Friends of Tuckerman Ravine and White Mountain Avalanche Education Foundation, both longtime nonprofits of Mt. Washington Valley, have merged to form Mount Washington Avalanche Center Foundation (MWACF). 
This merger will aim to primarily support and promote the Mount Washington Avalanche Center. The organization will also help facilitate increased public safety to the Presidential Range and  across the White Mountains, along with providing financial aid to produce crucial updates on snowpack, weather, and avalanche conditions during winter months.
Both groups have supported the Avalanche Center's infrastructure upgrades and educational programs for decades. This combined nonprofit in North Conway will enhance the ability to provide the finanical support the center needs financial for avalanche forecasting and search-and-rescue programs, as well as offering outreach, historical events and educational opportunities to the greater backcountry community.
“We are very excited about these organizations finally coming together after so many years. Both have the same goals, and now together, we can streamline our efforts to support the Avalanche Center,” says Jake Risch, president of Mount Washington Avalanche Center Foundation, and former president of Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. “This unified support will help share information and further educate avalanche safety to a greater group of people.”
The MWAC will host various events to support the backcountry community:
  • 12th annual Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop takes place on the evenings of Nov. 17–18, with virtual professional development seminars for backcountry enthusiasts and avalanche safety professionals.
  • Winter Backcountry Kickoff Party takes place on Nov. 19, at Ledge Brewing in Intervale. It iwll include gear tents, silent-auction and refreshments to kick-off the 2022-23 skiing and climbing season.
  • Skills Development at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. With a donation by the Dartmouth Wilderness and Austere Medicine Program, skill clinics will be offered at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center this winter to practice with avalanche rescue gear before putting it to use.

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