Beaver Creek holds avalanche workshop |

Beaver Creek holds avalanche workshop

Daily Staff Report

AVON – Beaver Creek Ski Patrol will host two free avalanche and backcountry workshops this season. The first is Jan. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Avon Public Library.There also is a free outdoor avalanche and backcountry awareness workshop, including a beacon-finding contest, during National Safety Awareness Week in January. Beaver Creek Ski Patrol’s canines – Dixie and Blu – will demonstrate rescues. The workshops focus on snow physics, route selection, snow stability, the use of beacons and rescue techniques. “We really want people to know what they’re getting in to when they head into the backcountry,” said Addy McCord, Beaver Creek ski patrol director. “We’ve all seen what can happen when someone isn’t prepared and we decided to offer this program free of charge so we can share our knowledge and hopefully help to prevent further backcountry incidents.”Space is limited and reservations are required for the Jan. 5 workshop. Call Beaver Creek Ski Patrol at 845-6610 to sign up. Rec district sends out surveyThe Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District is conducting a survey – online and by mail – to determine what kind recreational facilities residents want. Among the questions are whether the rec district should manage a public golf course, if it should build a fieldhouse at Freedom Park in Edwards and if the property taxes that fund the agency should be raised. The rec district manages public facilities and athletic fields in Edwards, Eagle and Gypsum. The survey results will be discussed at the rec district’s monthly board meetings, which are open to the public and are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Eagle Town Offices, 200 Broadway.Kids can enroll for Vilar performanceStudents age 12 to 18 can now sign up for the Vail Performing Arts Academy’s “Evening On Broadway” performance at the Vilar Center on Feb. 11 and 12. Rehearsals will be held on Sundays from Jan. 15 to Feb. 5, from 2:30- 5:30 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School. The academy recently presented “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” a fundraiser for Kids Helping Kids Katrina Relief. Later this year, students ages 8 to 18 can sign up for “Aladdin Jr.,” which will be staged in AugustFor more details and to enroll call Annah at 926-2370. Space is limited.Vail, Colorado

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