Balata hosts wine dinner benefit for Colorado Avalanche Information Center |

Balata hosts wine dinner benefit for Colorado Avalanche Information Center

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What: Wine dinner to benefit Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Where: Balata, Edwards.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Cost: $95.

More information: Visit or call 970-390-9145.

EDWARDS — Balata will host a wine dinner that helps support the Colorado Avalanche Information Center on Friday. The CAIC is a partially-funded state entity that provides a free service to backcountry users across Colorado. The CAIC consists of nine full-time state highway forecasters and seven seasonal backcountry forecasters. These seasonal workers are responsible for forecasting 10 backcountry zones, forecasting the weather for each zone, doing accident reports and providing education and outreach. Fifty percent of their salaries come from the state, the other half comes from private donations. These 17 individuals are forecasting for an area the size of seven Switzerlands.

Funds from this event will help hire a much-needed backcountry forecaster and pay for community outreach.

“As an avalanche educator and guide, my job of teaching Colorado backcountry users how to stay safe in and around avalanche terrain would be significantly more difficult without the CAIC website. The daily forecast is a huge part of our avalanche courses, and I personally use it daily,” said Kelli Rohrig, one of the event organizers.

Night of Snow Science Fun

This night of snow science and fun includes an appetizer meet-and-greet with the founder of the CAIC, Knox Williams, and forecaster Blase Reardon, a multi-course dinner paired with wine, a brief presentation on the CAIC and an opportunity to meet other local backcountry enthusiasts.

Diners can also sponsor locals Johannes Faessler, of the Sonnenalp, and Tom Gart in their bid to race the Elk Mountain Traverse. Sponsorship dollars will go directly to the Friends of CAIC.

For more information, call Rohrig at 970-390-9145 or visit

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