Colorado has the dubious title of leading the nation in most avalanche fatalities. Backcountry skiers lead this statistic with snowmobilers catching up fast. The really sad part of these facts are most all avalanche fatalities can be avoided through education and safe, best backcountry practices. In other words, education and knowledge.
Ski Haus has been offering an Avalanche Awareness Program with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center since the early 80’s. This year’s event will occur January 11 and 12, 2019. With the huge explosion of popularity in alpine touring skiing and especially snowmobiling – this informative clinic is even more important than ever.
The weekend begins Friday, January 11, 2019 at the CMC Allbright Auditorium. From 7pm to 9pm is a free, open to the public, discussion/slideshow presented by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. All are welcome. Cash donations to benefit the CAIC are encouraged. Topics will include local snowpack stability, avalanche warning signs, weather, avalanche safety tools (shovels, probes, transceivers, inflatable avalanche packs etc), rescue, local avalanche incidents and more.
Saturday, January 12, 2019 is an all day session on Rabbit Ears Pass. $45. Limited to 25 people. Sign up at Ski Haus. Must prepay to get your name on the list. No refunds! All money to benefit the CAIC. The field day is a great way to apply the information from the previous night’s session to hands on practice.
The day includes digging snow pits to analyze snowpack stability, transceiver practice, rescue techniques (shoveling and probing), route finding, and learning practical winter backcountry knowledge.
The day is lead by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center with support from members of the Steamboat Ski Patrol.
Sign up early. This class always fills up fast!