Our friends at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Montana State University are conducting a survey to learn how winter backcountry use has changed due to Covid 19. Survey Link
The Bridgeport Ranger District on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest houses and runs the avalanche forecasting and education operations of the Bridgeport Avalanche Center (BAC). It houses one full-time, seasonal Avalanche Specialist and one part time avalanche specialist. The Forest Service provides infrastructure including office space, computers, internet access, phones, vehicles, fuel, safety equipment, and supervision.
Avalanche specialists gathers avalanche, snowpack, and weather observations and posts snowpack summaries several times a week to the Bridgeport Avalanche Center website. BAC's snowpack summaries are specific to the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA, or "BOO-rah"). Snowpack and avalanche observations from the Virginia Lakes areas are also posted on the BAC website.
The USFS Bridgeport Avalanche Center program receives funding through the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest / Bridgeport Ranger District, and State of California Off Road Vehicle program grants.
Bridgeport Avalanche Center's mission is to inform and educate the public, USFS employees, and local search-and-rescue personnel about current snowpack and avalanche conditions in the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area.
ESIA is a 501(c)3 organization. ESIA partners with the Inyo National Forest, Humboldt-Toiyable National Forest and Tahoe National Forest to help educate and inspire people about our public lands through high quality interpretive products and programs.