Helping keep backcountry enthusiasts safe is the aim of a free avalanche safety seminar in Tahoe City next week.
The 2-3 hour seminar hosted by Alpenglow Sports will provided backcountry travelers an opportunity to refresh skills, learn new information and see the latest equipment in avalanche safety, according to a press release for the event.
The seminar does not take the place of formal avalanche education.
Ricky Newberry, director of ski patrol at Kirkwood Mountain Resort and ambassador for Backcountry Access and K2, will be on hand to discuss terrain assessment and risk management, beacon rescue skills, probing technique, companion rescue and Float Air Bag Technology at the seminar.
“Our customer is often times also our backcountry ski partner. Because of this, and the fact that we sell avalanche safety tools, we feel an inherent responsibility to provide as much free educational opportunities to the community as possible,” said store manager Jeff Dostie in a press release.
“With the massive growth in backcountry popularity, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do our part in getting the good word of safety and education out there,” according to Dostie. “There is always something new to learn, and we can’t be knowledgeable enough.”
Backcountry enthusiasts of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate and bring their favorite beacon, a headlamp and appropriate clothing for cold weather. The event is limited to 75 people.
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