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Avalanche class ends Sundays in Edwards series

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado – This week’s Sundays in Edwards event, the last of the series this year, is an avalanche class, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Alpine Quest Sports.

Well-known local resident, Mike Duffy will show the documentary, “A Dozen More Turns,” answer questions and demonstrate the newest avalanche airbag pack and avalanche beacon.

Duffy is an avalanche instructor at Colorado Mountain College, a rescue team leader for Vail Mountain Rescue Group and the owner of Avalanche1. He has been a backcountry skier and snowmobiler for 20 years.

“A Dozen More Turns” is a film by Amber Seyle about backcountry skiing, avalanches and how the “human factor” – non-scientific, emotionally-spurred miscalculations – can have dire consequences. Based on a true story about five friends – experienced outdoorsmen with significant avalanche training – who venture off on a multi-day hut trip in southwestern Montana. The show how their pursuit of powder and desire to eke out a few extra turns ends up costing one man his life, while his best friend loses a leg in the accident.

Alpine Quest Sports is offering a 10 percent discount on all avalanche gear from Sunday through Dec. 1.

For more information about the avalanche class, contact 970-926-3867.

Organizers say this year’s Sundays in Edwards series was very successful. The free series is organized by Think Edwards, a local Edwards-only marketing program for local businesses.

“Over the last few years Edwards has really started to blossom in terms of providing events and programming that bring people together, and we really wanted to share this phenomenon with everyone in the valley,” said the program’s organizer, Heather Bruce. “Our community has a lot of expertise and knowledge and we want to show it off.”

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