Avalanche Aware!

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wilkinson Public Library
Program Room

Event Details

Avalanche Aware: How to Live Safely in Avalanche Country
Want to be avalanche aware and safe, but don't consider yourself a backcountry skiier or one of those other intense backcountry athletes? This program is for everyone- anyone who walks their dog on the trails in the winter, anyone who wants to go snowshoeing or sledding or even just driving in avalanche terrain! Avalanche Aware is a brand new avalanche awareness program created by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and will be helpful to you whether you're totally new to the topic or just in need of a refresher. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, and no formulas to memorize. In about an hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and learn how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches. 

Avalanche Aware will be presented by Chris Dickson of the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund:

Chris Dickson is a skier, educator, forecaster and guide with a curious fear of avalanches and a fascination with how humans trigger them. Specifically interesting to Chris is the interplay of people, powder, and our perception of risk when pleasure is on the line. When not teaching safe travel techniques in the backcountry south of Telluride, Chris is preaching about snow and avalanches on his podcast, the San Juan Snowcast, which provides a semi-weekly report of backcountry conditions across the San Juans. Chris also serves as the Director of the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund, which serves to increase avalanche awareness and backcountry safety through free community events and avalanche education scholarships. 

Event Type(s): WPL Programs
Age Group(s): Adult, Teen