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Avalanche education classes offered by Search and Rescue

Staff Report

With the snow falling, and excitement rising for a winter full of powder days, the Fraser Valley Library will be hosting two avalanche education programs to kick off the 2015-16 ski season.

The first program, “Avalanche Awareness and Safety Education,” will be presented by Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Fraser Valley Library, and is geared for all audiences. Attendees will learn how to plan a backcountry adventure, including information on how to read the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) avalanche and weather reports, safe travel practices, and what to do when an avalanche occurs. They will also learn about GCSAR, and how search and rescue responds to an avalanche call.

The second program, “Know Before You Go (KBYG)” will take place on the following day at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at the Fraser Valley Library, and is geared for middle school- and high school-aged students. Presented by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), the KBYG program aims to teach a younger audience the destructive power of avalanches, and the basics of how to avoid them – all through the eyes of avalanche professionals, pro athletes, accident victims, rescuers, and their peers. KBYG instructors don’t preach and don’t tell skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers to stay home – they encourage education, and to get out and have fun safely.

Both programs are free and light refreshments will be served.


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