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Loveland’s Corn Harvest benefits avalanche center

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” For the ninth year in a row, Loveland is hosting the Corn Harvest as a benefit for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. As always, the event will feature flocks of tele skiers in Hawaiian-print shirts tearing up the mountain. Guided tours of “secret spots” are part of the fun, as are the apres-ski kegger, silent auction and raffle on the deck.

The Corn Harvest, set for Saturday, is one of the big grassroots events that helps the center provide daily avalanche bulletins aimed at backcountry travelers.

The center is partially funded through the Department of Natural Resources, as well as with grants and donations from businesses and local governments, but the grassroots donations are a critical part of each year’s budget, according to director Ethan Greene.

Prizes for this year’s raffle include Black Diamond and K2 skis, along with packs, shovels and other avalanche rescue gear.

Loveland is open through May 3 and is currently reporting an 84-inch base. The ski area is offering $30 tickets to season pass holders from other ski resorts.

Check http://www.cornharvest.org for all the details on the fundraiser. Ski area information is at http://www.skiloveland.com. Weather forecasts and avalanche bulletins from the center are at http://avalanche.state.co.us.