Friends of Berthoud Pass is excited to bring our grassroots avalanche awareness program to the ski resort.
Our one-day ‘Introduction to Avalanches’ course is a great first step for the resort rider who wants to leave the ski area boundary and get into the backcountry*. The day begins with a 2-hour morning classroom session followed by hands-on, outdoor group clinics and, naturally, some skiing.
Participants will learn the basics of:
- How to read and interpret the avalanche bulletin
- How weather, terrain and snowpack contribute to avalanche danger
- The consequences of an avalanche
- How to recognize avalanche terrain
- The minimum required rescue equipment
- A demonstration of companion rescue
Unlike our backcountry field days, backcountry touring equipment and avalanche rescue gear is not required. If you have avalanche safety gear, feel free to bring it. No experience is necessary other than intermediate skiing ability and a desire to learn about avalanches.
*this Introductory class is not a substitute for a AIARE Level 1 avy course.
Location: Mary Jane Base, Winter Park Ski Area
Dates: Dec 17, 18 and March 10, 11
Course length: one day
Discounted lift tickets available