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Winter Park hosts avalanche awareness programs

Friends of Berthoud Pass will offer two, one-day outdoor avalanche awareness program at Winter Park Resort on Dec. 17 and 18, at the base of Mary Jane.

The “Intro to Avalanches” program is a good first step for the resort rider who wants to get into the backcountry. The day will include a two-hour morning classroom presentation, from 9-11 a.m., followed by hands-on, outdoor group clinic, and skiing. A lift ticket will be required to ski but will be discounted for class participants.

Participants will learn how to read and interpret the avalanche bulletin, how weather, terrain and snowpack contribute to the avalanche danger, how to recognize avalanche terrain and the consequences of an avalanche, the minimum required rescue equipment and demonstration of companion rescue.

Unlike the backcountry field days, backcountry touring equipment and avalanche rescue gear is not required. If the skier has safety gear, they are encouraged to bring it. No experience necessary other than intermediate skiing ability and a desire to embrace learning about avalanches.

This introductory class is not a substitute for an AIARE Level 1 avalanche course. Cost for the day of training is $20. Go to http://www.maryjaneavyclass.eventbrite.com for more information.

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