The Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center (FPAC) is a non-profit organization formed in 1999. Our mission is to: provide a community based forum to share avalanche information, to operate and maintain beacon basin training facilities in the area, to provide basic avalanche education to all types of winter recreationists, and to be a partner to the PAC in the West Central Mountains of Idaho.

The FPAC believe education leads to awareness, and awareness leads to safe backcountry travel. It is our desire to foster the community and government support that will allow the PAC to continue to grow and provide individuals the tools and information necessary for safe backcountry recreation.

If you would like to get more involved email us.   We need volunteer board members, and regular members to help us out with our outreach, classes and fundraising.


FPAC will be hosting our 1st State of the Snowpack talk on 12/28 at 6pm at the iconic Foresters Bar in downtown McCall.  We will also show a great sled video from 208 Productions, and raffle off a season pass at both Tamarack and Brundage Mountain Resorts.  We will also have some additional raffle items and some cool swag.  Come out and find out what the PAC forecasters are seeing in the mountains this winter and support the FPAC.

The Little Ski Hill Beacon Training station is up and running, stop by and refresh your skills. We will also be installing a new beacon park at the Francis Wallace Snowmobile Lot in the next couple of weeks.

We are also rolling out a new membership and corporate sponsor program this year. Let us know if you are interested in finding out how you can support the PAC and the FPAC this winter.

We want to give a shout out to Mile High Power Sports and BRP/Ski Doo for their sponsorship this year, our forecasters will have a brand-new Ski Doo Adrenaline 850 to use as a loaner sled this season.  This is an incredibly valuable program, and we truly appreciate having reliable equipment.



State of the Snowpack at Broken Horn in McCall

March 1, 2024

March 1 2023 SOS at Broken Horn 6-8 pm

State of the Snowpack and movie night at Broken Horn Brewery in McCall

March 1, 2023 – 6pm- 8pm

Come find out what is going on in the snowpack with the PAC forecasters.  We will have some awesome swag to give as prizes for avalanche quiz participants. Come out and support the PAC!




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Board Members

Dave Bingaman President

Jim Pace Vice President

Margeaux Zwang Treasurer

John Postlewaite Secretary

Heather Thiry Director of Education/ Board Member

Janna Allen Motorized Community Liaison/Board Member

Emily Bettin Director of Outreach and Communications/Board Member

Angela Staup Director of Fundraising and Sponsorship/ Board Member