Taos Avalanche Center functions as a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization known as Taos Avalanche Center.
The Taos Avalanche Center is focused on educational and safety programs to support winter recreation and fundraising to support the financial needs of the program. It consists of a volunteer Board of Directors, a volunteer Advisory Panel to the Board of Directors, and a paid Executive Director to run programs and operations. Through its fundraising efforts, this group provides all of the funding necessary to cover budget expenses and operations. Other expenses paid for by the not for profit include the costs of continuing education and some of the cost of the equipment necessary for the forecasters to operate safely in the field. Fundraising for these expenses is accomplished through the organization of the TAC, by securing sponsorships, as well as by gathering private donations and conducting a membership drive for user support.
The Taos Avalanche Center and U.S. Forest Service operate in partnership under the guidelines of a Memorandum of Understanding. The U.S. Forest Service does not endorse any of the products or information provided by the Taos Avalanche Center.
Taos Avalanche Center’s mission is to provide information and support to the community of Taos and all recreational users. Avalanche forecasters of the Taos Avalanche Center will observe, record, and report weather, snowpack, and avalanche activity and provide regularly updated avalanche summaries accessible to anyone interested.
The overall educational purpose of the Taos Avalanche Center is to increase the avalanche awareness enabling people to make more informed decisions while they are enjoying the backcountry.