Students enter the world of snow science
AVON — Avalanches are a work of nature, and proper education before heading into the backcountry is critical for skiers and snowboarders of all ages.
On Wednesday, professional skier Chris Anthony and Walking Mountains Science Center partnered to present the Glide Project Snow Science Camp to local fifth- through eighth-graders.
“We have all of these great kids with a lot of talent around here, and their talents sometimes far exceed their knowledge of the environment,” said Anthony, who funded the event through his Youth Initiative’s Glide Project so 40 kids could attend free of charge.
On Wednesday, students from across the county were out at the Walking Mountains campus in Avon, learning about probes, beacons and shovels, as well as digging snow pits to test the stability of snow and components of avalanches.
“I think it’s important to teach local kids about snow science because this is in their backyard, and they might not see it for what it is,” said Sara Monson, an educator with Walking Mountains. “We’re out trying to have as much fun while being outside and learning some stuff, too.”
ART FOR A CAUSE
Through Anthony’s Youth Initiative he created the Glide Project, raising money for events exactly such as this. Local artist Carrie Fell was a huge part of the Snow Science Camp funding, as she donated a painting and some amazing, colorful ski chairs for Anthony to auction off and sell.
“A big thank you to Carrie Fell, who donated a painting of hers to Chris Anthony for him to auction off,” said Beth Markham, youth programs director at Walking Mountains. “Her donation is really what spawned this whole day.”
Two ski chairs that Fell donated to Anthony are still available. Contact Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about them and to support the Glide Project.
Wednesday’s camp was at full capacity and is possibly the start of many more snow science programs to come.
“I’m excited to work with Walking Mountains Science Center,” Anthony said. “It was a perfect partnership that these two things can come together. I just want more and more kids to be involved because I think it’s an important subject.”
Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and email@example.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.