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 is hosting our end of the season party on Friday 4/5 at 5:30 at Toll Station Pizza in McCall.  We will have a pile of swag to raffle off, a pizza and salad buffet for $20 and a season wrap up with PAC forecasters Kevin and George.  Also check out our end of the season auction online at:  End of Season Shebang! (

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 were able to use a brand-new Ski Doo Adrenaline 850 as a loaner sled this season.  This is an incredibly valuable program, and we truly appreciate having reliable equipment.



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Board Members

Dave Bingaman President

Jim Pace Vice President

Margeaux Zwang Treasurer

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