Are you a backcountry skier or snowboarder? We want to hear from you.


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 

Free Avalanche Awareness Class
The BAC is providing a free Avalanche Awareness class 3/5/2021 and 3/6/2021


Classroom (online/virtual) Session: Friday March 5th 6:00pm- 8:00pm via Google Meet

Field Day: Saturday March 6th 9:00am- 4:00pm at the Bridgeport Winter Rec Area

Friday evening’s online discussion regarding avalanches and snowmobiles is open to anyone interested. Saturday’s field portion will integrate & develop skills to keep you safe in avalanche terrain. Topics include understanding avalanche forecasts, recognizing avalanche terrain, signs of unstable snowpack, good decision making and basic avalanche companion rescue skills.

Participants in the field session must have the below items/skills:

-reliable registered snowmobile

-basic mountain riding skills

-modern avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe


 To register or find out more contact:

Joe Soccio at:

You may also register through facebook events,

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to Host a Virtual Public Meeting on Feb. 25 for Off-Highway Grant Applications Input
To attend the virtual meeting please use this link on the night of Febuary 25th at 6pm to attend


Bridgeport CA, Feb 23, 2021 – The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will hold a virtual publicmeeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, to gather ideas for requesting off-highway vehicle grant funds forBridgeport and Carson Ranger Districts. The Bridgeport Avalanche Center will host this virtual publicmeeting, which begins at 6 p.m. PST. For instructions to attend, please go to:

The Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts plan to request grant funds from the State of CaliforniaOff-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) to enhance and manage motorizedrecreation in the area. Interested citizens are invited to the virtual meeting and provide ideas forprojects and opportunities that could be incorporated into the grants. Forest Service representativeswill be available to answer questions about the grant process and to receive input for developing thegrants.“In the past, the Forest has used these funds to develop and maintain trails and facilities, repair winterstorm damage, and hire staff to monitor these areas,” said Kim Murcia, Bridgeport Ranger DistrictRecreation Staff Officer. “Grant money has also helped fund the Bridgeport Avalanche Center thatprovides avalanche forecasting for the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area.”Preliminary grant applications will be submitted to the OHMVR Division by Monday, March 1. Thepublic will then be able to comment on the preliminary applications from Tuesday, March 2 toWednesday, May 3. For more information about the state grant process and requirements, visit theOHMVR Division website at more information or to submit your ideas, please call Joe Soccio, Bridgeport Ranger District, Off-Highway Vehicle Ranger at 315-406-4365 or email at


Recent US Avalanche Fatalities

We mentioned this in our previous Snowpack Summary, but it is worth mentioning again. Last week, 15 fatalities occurred nationwide from avalanches. That is the most fatalities in a single week since 1910 when the Wellington avalanche disaster in Washington killed 96 people. This news is heartbreaking to all of us and the impacts are being felt throughout the backcountry community. We send our condolences to the friends and families impacted by these tragic events. 

It is worth remembering that each individual was seeking a fun day in the backcountry just as you or I have. Each individual had a family, friends, and ski partners that now feel a void. You may feel the urge to dismiss these tragedies as something that won’t happen to you. Instead, we urge you to read the accident reports and learn from these incidents. We all make mistakes and can try our best to learn to prevent them. Dangerous avalanche conditions are present across the US and whether you’re recreating around Bridgeport or elsewhere, remember returning home is always the number 1 priority.

Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area is Open to Snowmobiles!

Bridgeport, California, Jan. 29, 2021 – The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's Bridgeport Ranger District is now open for snowmobiling.


Due to the recent storm avalanche conditions are very dangerous. Much of the BWRA is avalanche terrain that can pose hazards to winter reactionists. It is advised that visitors educate themselves on safe riding practices and hazard mitigation. For the most up to date conditions and snowpack summary visit the Bridgeport Avalanche Center’s website at:

Before you leave the trailhead, have a riding plan and visit Know Before You Go at for further information about safe snowmobiling practices. For further avalanche safety information, sign up for our free avalanche awareness class Feb 5th and 6th. Further class information can be found on our website at

Permits are required for each person/snowmobile entering the BWRA. They are free and can be obtained online at Self-issued permits are also available at the People’s Gate kiosk. 

Snowmobiles must be registered with visible stickers. Motorized use in wilderness areas is strictly prohibited.


For up to date information about the BWRA, follow the Bridgeport Avalanche Center on social media on Instagram, or Facebook