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Avalanche Center Closes For The Season Because Of Budget

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COLUMBIA FALLS -

Saturday is the last day the Flathead Avalanche Center will put out a backcountry update, but they're not closing because there's no more danger.

The Center is closing up shop until next season because of a tight budget.

With only three part-time workers, the Center runs on about $40,000 from FWP and the Flathead National Forest.

Interim director Erich Peitzsch wants to try to double that and become a type two center, meaning more staffing and more avalanche advisories.

He's also putting his name in for the director position they're hoping to fill by fall.

"It may feel like spring, avalanches can, still do occur and it's important to pay attention to rapidly changing conditions because in the spring we can see snow, rain or sunshine all in the same day," warned Peitzsch.

People calling themselves Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center are starting to come together to try to fill the funding gap. Call the Center at 406.261.9873 to learn more.

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