We are a minor league baseball team in Salem, Virginia, USA. We are a Class High-A team in the Carolina League and have been a farm team of the Houston Astros since 2003. The Avalanche were previously affiliated with the Colorado Rockies as an expansion team in 1995, and kept the Avalanche name when affiliating with the Astros. All home games are played at Lewis-Gale Medical Center Field at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium. Opened in 1995, Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium seats 6,300 fans. Prior to this, games were played at Kiwanis Field.
In 2006, Salem played its 12th season in Salem Memorial Stadium and hosted the Carolina/California League All Star Game, the fourth time an All-Star Game came to Salem.
The Avalance and its predecessor teams were owned from 1986 until 2006 by Kelvin Bowles, a local resident and major league baseball scout. Bowles bought the team when it was in danger of moving from Salem. In 2006, the team was sold to a pair of businessmen from Atlanta who also own the Fort Wayne Wizards.