Scholarships available for education in avalanches

Scholarships available for education in avalanches

Program's goal is to recognize need for awareness
An avalanche crown remains where a slab of snow broke loose and slid more than 1,500 feet to a valley below. This slide, just north of Silverton, was skier-triggered and reported to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
A large skier-triggered avalanche as seen from Ophir Pass Road north of Silverton last winter. The dangerous and sizable slide terminated in a gully. Avalanche training teaches backcountry travelers terrain management and winter travel in mountains.
Blocks of snow and broken trees remain in the slide path of a skier-triggered avalanche that occurred last February north of Silverton. The point of its origin can be seen near the top of the slope.
If you go

6 p.m. Wednesday: Friends of the San Juans Avalanche workshop and fundraiser, Pine Needle Mountaineering, 835 Main Ave., Durango. Open discussion regarding complications of decision-making in avalanche terrain.
5:30 p.m. Thursday: Pagosa Springs Avalanche Awareness Class, Pagosa Springs Library, 811 San Juan St., Pagosa Springs.
Friday: Joe Philpott/Peter Carver Avalanche Scholarship Fund application deadline: submit essay on relevance of candidacy, two references, Friends of the San Juans membership and volunteer status to Jeremy Dakan at Pine Needle Mountaineering or at jeremy@pineneedle.com.
6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10: Benefit for Friends of The Colorado Avalanche Information Center, fundraiser and announcement of scholarship recipients at the Powerhouse Science Center.
6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18: Avalanche Awareness Class at Pine Needle Mountaineering, for those who could not make November class.
January: A series of workshops and on-snow sessions. Dates to be announced.

Scholarships available for education in avalanches

An avalanche crown remains where a slab of snow broke loose and slid more than 1,500 feet to a valley below. This slide, just north of Silverton, was skier-triggered and reported to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
A large skier-triggered avalanche as seen from Ophir Pass Road north of Silverton last winter. The dangerous and sizable slide terminated in a gully. Avalanche training teaches backcountry travelers terrain management and winter travel in mountains.
Blocks of snow and broken trees remain in the slide path of a skier-triggered avalanche that occurred last February north of Silverton. The point of its origin can be seen near the top of the slope.
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