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Beaver Creek hosts avalanche workshop

Daily Staff Writer

BEAVER CREEK – Winter storms often leave big powder stashes in the backcountry, leaving many residents and guests looking to local experts for assistance in safety prior to their backcountry trips. As part of an on-going public service effort, Beaver Creek Ski Patrol will host two free avalanche and backcountry workshops this season at the Avon Public Library. The first session will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. A second session will take place at a to-be-announced date. A follow-up session featuring hands-on beacon training and practice will take place on Beaver Creek Mountain in conjunction with National Safety Week, Jan. 15-21.Beaver Creek Patrol’s avalanche and backcountry awareness workshops focus on snow physics, route selection, evaluating snow stability, beacons, and avalanche phenomenon and rescue techniques. The classes are led by members of Beaver Creek’s Ski Patrol team who volunteer their time to help prepare backcountry skiers, snowboarders and explorers for the winter wilderness experience. The newest additions to the patrol squad, canine friends Dixie and Blue, will be on site for both workshops. The dogs will spend the winter season training with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol.”Many of us in this community live for powder days. A big storm means great patrolled skiing and riding inside the ski area boundaries, but variable conditions do arise outside of the area boundaries,” said Addy McCord, Beaver Creek ski patrol director. “On Beaver Creek Mountain, ski patrol mitigates hazards, but in the backcountry it’s up to each individual to be knowledgeable and take responsibility for recognizing and avoiding potential dangers,” McCord said. “That’s why we’ve been offering these workshops for the past eight seasons; we want people to be prepared.” Space for workshops is limited and reservations are necessary. Call Beaver Creek Ski Patrol at 845-6610 for reservations for this Wednesday’s class or additional information on the workshops or the beacon training class to follow at a to-be-announced date. “We really want people to know what they’re getting in to when they head into the backcountry,” added McCord. “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.”Vail, Colorado

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