Colorado Mountain College Leadville this week launches an avalanche awareness campaign on Twitter, using the @CMCLeadville account, to share information and resources.
Students at CMC’s Leadville campus can study hands-on specialty programs like ski area operations, natural resource management, outdoor studies and more in a high-alpine, mountain environment. CMC Leadville is the highest-elevation college campus in the country.
The college’s avalanche awareness classes emphasize snow science, rescue techniques and equipment.
Students are taught to make safe decisions when traveling in winter environments, and the class fulfills the National Ski Patrol’s basic avalanche course requirements.
A second class enhances students’ understanding of snow and avalanches, hazard evaluation, avalanche forecasting and mitigation.
Using the hashtag #AvySavvyCMC, the school hopes to raise awareness for backcountry safety and avalanche education from March 9 to 15.
Roger Coit, avalanche awareness instructor and EMS/outdoor studies professor at the college, said it is important to follow the advice of experts such as the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education.
“We hope that students leave our avalanche awareness class with a respect and healthy fear of big snow,” he said in the release.
“We provide the opportunity to gain necessary knowledge and experience required to make safe decisions, while growing your abilities and practicing your skills in a safe environment.”
— Daily News staff report