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Editor’s Picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center Benefit Bash is Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.
Friends of the CAIC / Summit Daily file photo |

The social event of the weekend is the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) Benefit Bash, hosted by Friends of the CAIC. It’s the eighth annual event, and, if you’ve ever been, you know it’s a party for a great cause.

Not only is it a chance for backcountry enthusiasts to socialize and see skiing buddies they maybe haven’t seen all summer, but it’s also the largest fundraising event of the year for the FoCAIC. The event has grown tremendously since its inception, and now brings in more than 1,200 people raising over $100,000. The money supports the CAIC, which provides statewide weather and avalanche forecasting, as well as goes to public education on backcountry activities and avalanche safety, such as the new Know Before You Go campaign.

The campaign, relaunched this month by Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and the Utah Avalanche Center, sends instructors to youth groups throughout North America to present the video and make a presentation highlighting avalanche safety. And best of all: The programs are free for the groups that request them. The community knows how devastating and tragic the effects of an avalanche can be, and that’s definitely shown by the turnout and support of the event.

As of Thursday, there were still about 200 tickets left, but those will get picked up quickly, so if you are looking to go, grab one as soon as you can. Tickets are available for pre-purchase for $40 at http://www.friendsofcaic.org.


The Get Stoked Winter Film Series hosts its second production on Saturday, Nov. 14, showing “The Blizzard of Aahhh’s.” A portion of the event’s proceeds will be divided between Team Breck Sports Club and Team Summit Colorado. Four of the original cast members of “The Blizzard of Aahhh’s” will be in attendance, including Greg Stump, Glen Plake, Mike Hattrup and Scot Schmidt. There will be two showings, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. — look in Saturday’s paper for more information.


There will be two presentations early next week that are of note. First, Caryn and Peter Boddie will present “Bygone Skiers and Lost Ski Hills,” as part of the Summit County Library’s adult fall reading program, at the Main Library in Frisco on Monday, Nov. 16, from 6:30–8 p.m. The multi-media presentation will give attendees a look into the past — from the hills once skied in Summit County and other parts of Colorado to the ski pioneers who tackled them.

Then on Wednesday, Nov. 18, the Johnson family will present their “Ultimate Field Trip: 355 Days Traveling the World to Learn in a Meaningful Way,” as part of the CMC Speaker Series. The family spent almost a year traveling from Denmark and Sweden to Nepal and Thailand — to New Zealand and more. They worked in children’s homes, on a farm and met plenty of people they still keep in contact with today. Their story is an incredible one, and the presentation also raises money to support scholarships for Nepalese students. Potluck starts at 5 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m. More information at http://www.CMCSpeaks.com.

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