Breckenridge to host annual avalanche safety workshop in October
IF YOU GO
What: 13th Annual Colorado Snow Avalanche Workshop hosted by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center
When: Friday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge, CO 80424
How much: Registration online at avalanche.state.co.us for $25 or at the door for $40.
On average, 28 people die in avalanches every year in the U.S., and more people die in Colorado’s snow than any other state.
Those statistics come from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which will host its 13th annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop next month in Breckenridge.
The one-day professional development seminar at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center on Oct. 17 is designed to give people working in avalanche safety an opportunity to learn about and discuss new ideas, techniques and technologies with their colleagues.
Though the workshop is intended for ski patrollers, avalanche forecasters, road maintenance personnel, ski guides, avalanche education instructors, undergraduate and graduate students, and applied researchers, the workshop is open to anyone.
The schedule isn’t quite finalized, said Ethan Greene, director of the center, but the event will feature about 10 presentation including talks about the winter forecast, how to use new tools like timelapse photography for avalanche safety, GIS and GPS, fracture mechanics and a recent accident with an Avalauncher device.
Participants will also hear a breakdown of a large slide that happened in February and learn about new developments in avalanche safety training courses.
Online registration for the event opened last week and costs $25. Registration at the door will cost $40.
Greene said the registration fees will go toward putting on the event, and any leftover money would go to the agency’s nonprofit partner, Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
He said about 450 people have attended the last few annual workshops.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is a state agency through the Department of Natural Resources with 10 offices around the state, including one in Breckenridge and one in the Eisenhower Tunnel. For more information or to register, visit avalanche.state.co.us.
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