Bluegrass returns to popular Avalanche Jam fundraiser |

Bluegrass returns to popular Avalanche Jam fundraiser

Daily Staff Writer

The third annual Avalanche Jam, hosted by Backcountry Access (BCA), will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday outside the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.This year’s headlining band, Hit and Run, is a popular Colorado Bluegrass band with a vast national touring schedule. The event will include dinner by Trappeda’ s Gourmet Café, beer from New Belgium Brewery, an outdoor industry demo village and door prizes. Donors to the silent auction include BCA, Patagonia, Marmot, MSR, Lowe Alpine, Burton, Lowa and Black Diamond-and the list is growing daily.Last year’s Avalanche Jam netted more than $10,000 for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) which provides avalanche education and forecasting for Colorado backcountry users.It has an office in Breckenridge.Colorado is home to one of the largest backcountry recreational markets in North America. Coupled with the most dangerous snow pack in North America, the CAIC plays an integral role in daily trip planning for Colorado backcountry users so they can recreate safely. The CAIC is partially funded by the Colorado Department of Transportation, the state, the Colorado ski industry and a nonprofit fundraising entity called the Friends of the CAIC, composed mainly of backcountry recreationists.”Not only is it great to have this new source of revenue, but it’s really great to know you have this kind of grassroots support,” said CAIC director Knox Williams. He said Avalanche Jam funds will provide CAIC with the cushion it needs to improve its programs in the face of tightening budgets among its other supporters.For ticketing and sponsorship information, call BCA at (303) 417-1345 or see

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