– The annual Ski Haus Avalanche Awareness Clinic is scheduled for January 22nd and 23rd, 2016. This clinic/presentation/and field day is great way to increase your avalanche awareness in the winter backcountry, gain knowledge on current snowpack conditions, practice rescue techniques, and how to stay safe skiing and riding in the backcountry. This clinic is ideal for skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and anyone who loves being outside in the winter.
Friday January, 22nd. A free clinic/discussion/slideshow presented by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Open to the public. All are welcome. Cash donations to the CAIC accepted and appreciated. CMC Allbright Auditorium. 7 pm to 9 pm.
Saturday January 23rd. Field Session on Rabbit Ears Pass. All day. Snow pits, transceiver practice, rescue practices, and practical backcountry knowledge. Space is limited. Sign up at Ski Haus. $45. No refunds. This day is lead by a Colorado Avalanche Information Center Forecaster and assisted by Steamboat Ski Patrollers. All money collected benefits the CAIC. Please be prepared to spend the day up on the pass. Bring extra layers for warmth, lunch, water, sun screen, backcountry tools (transceiver, shovel, probe), and gear to move travel on snow – skis or snowshoes.
Whether you backcountry ski, snowmobile, snowboard, or snowshoe you can benefit from this clinic. Don’t let your guard down. An avalanche doesn’t have to be big to ruin your day! What are the signs to look for as you ski the backcountry? Does that whomping sound mean anything? Did that rain crust early in the winter affect the snowpack? How come all the uphill branches are ripped off these trees? Which way do the prevailing winds blow around here? How do you use this beacon thing? What do you mean I should carry a shovel in the backcountry? What is the best way to survive an avalanche? Don’t get caught in one in the first place! It is the little things that count…
Presented by Ski Haus, Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Steamboat Ski Patrol, Backcountry Acesss, and Colorado Mountain College. Photo courtesy of CAIC.