Beaver Creek Ski Patrol offers backcountry classes |

Beaver Creek Ski Patrol offers backcountry classes

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – Members of the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol will be hosting three free community Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Classes in January and February for novice to experienced backcountry enthusiasts. Patrollers will focus on snow physics, route selection, evaluating snow stability, beacons and avalanche phenomenon and rescue techniques. The classes will take place Jan. 13, Jan. 20 and Feb. 2 at the Eagle County Edwards Ambulance District Classroom from 6-8 p.m.

The classes are being offered by the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol to raise awareness for backcountry enthusiasts and provide information that allows for more informed decision making when considering venturing into the backcountry. Space is limited to 35 participants for each session and reservations should be made in advance by calling Beaver Creek Patrol Headquarters at 970-754-6610.

New this year, patrollers also will have an Apex Mountain School guide in attendance at each of the community classes. Apex is offering AIARE Level 1 certification courses in the area Jan. 21-23; Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 11-13. For more information about Apex AIARE courses call 970-949-9111.

The annual Beaver Creek Ski Patrol community outreach program also coincides with the kickoff of the ski industry’s National Safety Awareness Week campaign, which starts Jan. 15 and includes a week of events and activities designed to educate skiers and riders about the importance of safety on the slopes.

For complete details about the Avalanche Awareness Class, Safety Week activities or for general safety questions, call Beaver Creek Ski Patrol at 970-754-6610.

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