VAIL — Following a popular first season, the Eagle County Avalanche Awareness Series returns on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Vail Casade Resort. The Vail and Beaver Creek ski patrols will present the series to educate the community about snow and avalanche safety.
The evening will include discussion about the new Colorado Avalanche Information Center website and basic avalanche awareness information. Guest speakers will include Billy Mattison, from the Vail Ski Patrol; Edwin LaMair, a student who was recently caught in a backcountry slide; and Scott Smith, director of the Apex Mountain School, a full-service mountaineering adventure company in Vail.
“The turnout for last season’s Eagle County Avalanche Series was tremendous and a testament to the appetite for continued education in our community,” said Caroline Stone, a seventh-year ski patroller at Vail. “We hope the series will encourage skiers and snowboarders to continue their education and make informed decisions when accessing the backcountry.”
Guests are also encouraged to arrive early for free food and soft drinks donated by Vendetta’s, as well as an opportunity to win raffle prizes and receive giveaways. Information tables will also be set up for participants to engage with Vail and Beaver Creek ski patrols, Backcountry Access, Apex Mountain School, Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Paragon Guides, Weston Snowboards and many more. The session will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
The event is free and free parking is available in the Vail Cascade parking structure. Overflow parking will be available on the north side of the South Frontage Road adjacent to the Vail Cascade Resort.
The second and third sessions of the Eagle County Avalanche Awareness Series are scheduled to take place on Feb. 4 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and March 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Eagle County Avalanche Awareness Series is brought to the community by the Vail and Beaver Creek ski patrols and is made possible by the generous support of sponsors such as Backcountry Access, the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, National Ski Patrol, CAIC, Weston Snowboards, Paragon Guides, Vendetta’s, the U.S. Forest Service, Kind Design, Boar’s Head and more.
For more information about the Eagle County Avalanche Awareness Series, please contact Vail Ski Patrol at 970-754-4610 or check out Vail Ski Patrol on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vail.skipatrol.
For more information about the series, call Vail Ski patrol at 970-754-4610 or visit www.facebook.com/vail.skipatrol.