Backcountry: Preseason party to benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and other winter nonprofits

Annual fundraiser features ski flick, raffle and ski expo

A large wet snow avalanche along I-70 between Frisco and Copper Mountain.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO —The buzz for the upcoming ski season will get a jolt this week, as Bent Gate Mountaineering hosts a ski season kickoff party benefiting the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and several other winter-oriented nonprofit groups.

The annual fundraiser is set for Sept. 27 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. Tickets are $20 at the door, including admission to a showing of the Oakley film, The Ordinary Skier, a ski expo with ski industry reps and backcountry organizations, silent auctions, and a killer gear giveaway including skis, beacons and bindings.

The ski flick focuses on Seth Morrison’s exploits around Chamonix during the past couple of seasons. After a career of rock star freeskiing, Morrison tapped into some of the sport’s alpine roots by tackling some of Chamonix’s most notorious and consequential lines.

The ski expo includes a peak at new gear from Black Diamond, Arcteryx, Salomon, DPS, Armada, Icelantic, BCA, Lange, Dynafit, Flylow, K2, Voile, Pieps, Hestra, Scarpa, Mammut, Garmont and Skilogik.

The party starts at 6 p.m. with the ski expo and sponsor New Belgium Brewery and the Basic Kneads food truck serving up tasty slices and suds, with the movie showing and raffle set for 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

The annual event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the CAIC, helping to support the organization’s education, outreach and backcountry forecasting efforts. The CAIC operates under the auspices of the Colorado Geological Survey, but is funded through a unique partnership, including CDOT, the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Ski Industry, local governments and grassroots support.

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