Looking Forward to Winter 2018

Winter is quickly approaching: The TAC team is gearing-up for the oncoming winter season! As we wait for Indian Summer to end, and look forward to snowfall in the high peaks, now is a great time to dust-off your gear and brush-up on your avalanche awareness. Look for upcoming events and trainings, and we're excited for a safe and snowy ski season!

Taos Avalanche Center 2018

The Taos Avalanche Center is gearing up for our second season of operation. With the changing seasons, we would also like to announce some changes at the center. Unfortunately Graham, Emily, and "Erna" are moving back to Bozeman, MT. We're so thankful for the help and hard work in launching the center, and they will always remain a part of the TAC family. But we're eager to announce the addition of two new avalanche forecasters to round-out the team:

Let's meet them!


Hannah McGowan

Hannah grew up in Memphis, TN, which is not exactly a powder skiing destination.  She discovered the world of snow science through classes at Prescott College and quickly moved to Alta, UT upon graduating. Hannah spent the next six winters ski bumming in the Wasatch, skiing every available minute and eventually working as a backcountry ski guide and avalanche educator.  When it's not ski season, Hannah is an avid rock climber and spends summers in the Pacific Northwest guiding on Rainier, Denali, and in the North Cascades.  She is psyched to join the Taos community! 


Aaron Rice

Another classic story of a New Englander goes west, Aaron grew up in small town Massachusetts, developing a love for skiing in the Green Mountains of Vermont. His pursuit of higher elevations led Aaron first to the University of Colorado, where he achieved a B.A. in Physical Geography/Hydrology. After graduation Aaron moved to Jackson, WY, to further a proper mountain education. After 4 years climbing and skiing in the Tetons, a love for the high mountain desert landed Aaron in Taos, where he couldn't be more excited to explore and learn all about his new home!


In continuing operation, the Taos Avalanche Center need your support. The TAC does not recieve any state or federal funding, therefore our budget is 100% reliant on contibutions from the Taos community. The TAC is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and every donation is tax-deductable. Our daily avalanche and weather forecasts are fully supported by private donors, business partnerships, and fundraising events.


Despite a late start to the season, we encourage continuing avalanche awareness and education. As winter unfolds, we will be publishing beacon training problems, putting on avalanche awareness talks, and other avalanche education events. Check out the 'Education' section of our website to sharpen your skills.


Now is the time to break out your best snow-dance. We look forward to sharing a skintrack!


Your TAC Team,

Andy, Aaron, and Hannah