Monthly Breckenridge ski patrol talk to focus on backcountry travel techniques and terrain choices
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — With forecasters warily eying backcountry avalanche hazards and more snow on the way this week, Breckenridge ski patrollers will focus on safe backcountry travel techniques, route-finding and terrain selection during their monthly talk this Thursday evening (Village at Breckenridge, Tenmile Room, 6 p.m.).
Grassroots support critical for state avy programs
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — The Friends of the CAIC sure knows how to time their events, with this year’s CAIC Benefit Bash scheduled to be held Saturday evening, just as the season’s first significant winter storm is forecast to drop the first good batch of powder on the Colorado high country.
This year’s Benefit Bash will once again be held at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center and features live music, tasty food, beer from New Belgium Brewery, and great people all enjoying the massive silent auction and a seemingly endless stream of door prizes.
The goodies include a Monarch season pass, snowcat skiing trips, all sorts of backcountry gear and even a spot on an Alaska heli guide school trip.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Knowing how to identify avalanche-prone terrain and recognize the potential for slides is a big part of the backcountry safety equation. But dozens of times each winter, that knowledge isn’t enough. Even backcountry veterans sometimes experience that heart-stopping moment when the world gives way beneath their feet as a seemingly solid snowpack falls apart.
Sometimes it forms a blinding cloud of powder that can blast down the mountain at 150 mph. Other times, the snow can move in grinding refrigerator-size chunks. In either case, if you or one of your companions is buried, most of that snow science goes out the window as you switch to search and rescue mode. How you react in those critical first few minutes may well determine whether that person lives or dies.