Friends of Berthoud Pass On-Snow 2020

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Berthoud Pass

CO 80438

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Welcome to the 2020 Friends of Berthoud Pass on-snow field session registration. Registration must be completed for each person attending. You only need to sign up for one day.

Read, print and sign this--> Liability Waiver<--(click) and bring it with you as this is your registration for the event.

To participate you must have attended at least one FOBP avalanche awareness classroom this season-- no exceptions.

We will ascend 800 to 1,000 vertical feet and ski through variable snow at elevations between 11,000' and 12,000' with backpacks on. If you have any health concerns or questions about your fitness, please attend to them before registering. We do not accommodate groups. Our groups are set up at random, this is by design.

Skis or snowboard (and intermediate to advanced skiing or riding ability) are required. We will be in the field all day. Dress appropriately and bring food, water and extra layers. You will be outside all day.

BEACON, SHOVEL and PROBE are REQUIRED. Transceivers older than five years are not advised. Transceivers more than 10 years old are not acceptable. Ski poles that convert to probes are not advised.

If you have questions about rescue gear choices or rentals, vist our partners, Wilderness Exchange, Bent Gate and Neptune Mountaineering.

Our good friends at Weston Backcountry will have a few demo skis (with AT bindings, so an AT boot is needed) and demo splitboards with skins available. They can only be had by sending a request to

Be prepared to travel uphill using skins and downhill on skis or snowboard, no bootpacking, no snowshoes. Make sure boots, touring bindings, skins, splitboards, adjustable poles, etc. all are in working order and adjusted properly before you arrive in the field. No downclimbing, you must snowboard or ski on the descent.

Your backpack should be large enough to fit all of your required and optional equipment inside it. A wool or synthetic sweater combined with a waterproof outer shell is advised. UV-blocking eye protection is important. On cold days a down coat and small thermos of hot tea is a welcome treat. Goggles, hand warmer and spare gloves are part of any good wintertime kit. Don't forget to stay hydrated with plenty of water. Walking around at high elevations will dehydrate you.

During the day you will learn the basics of:

  • How to read and interpret the avalanche bulletin
  • How weather, terrain and snowpack contribute to avalanche danger
  • How to recognize avalanche terrain
  • How to deploy your rescue equipment
  • A demonstration of companion rescue

*This introductory class is not a substitute for a AIARE Level 1 course.

Location: Berthoud Pass summit

Dates: Jan 25 or 26, 2020

Time: be geared up in the lot by 8am.

Course length: one day

Price: Free. Your donations are extremely valued and gratefully accepted.

Donations can be made online here:

Or via paypal at:

Any specific questions regarding on-snow not covered on this page, please contact


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You must be 18 years of age

Do I have to bring my printed Waiver to the event?

Yes, you MUST BRING YOUR SIGNED WAIVER. Your waiver is your ticket.

What must I bring to the event?

Beacon, shovel, probe, pack, skis or splitboard, skins, poles.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please re-read this page first, if not email He might tell you to re-read this page ;)

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