(LARAMIE, Wyo.) Feb. 19, 2014 – Backcountry users and winter enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in either of two, free avalanche awareness clinics that will be offered this upcoming weekend.
Users of all levels and varieties, be it skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding or snowshoeing, will benefit from the clinics taught by professionals from the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center in Jackson, Wyo.
Each clinic will consist of a classroom session, held in Laramie at the Holiday Inn, and a field session, held in the Snowy Range on the Medicine Bow National Forest.
This program is designed to give winter backcountry travelers information on identifying avalanche terrain, travel techniques, snow pack conditions and safety factors. The field sessions will look first hand at snowpack conditions, terrain factors, beacon use, probing and shovel techniques.
Classroom sessions are Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Laramie Holiday Inn, 204 S. 30th St. Classroom sessions are open to all and no registration is needed.
Field Sessions will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 8 a.m. at a location to be determined in the Snowy Range. Sign up in advance is required as space is limited. Those wanting to participate in a field session must attend a classroom session first. Participants are encouraged to bring a transceiver, probe and shovel if they have them. Clinics will break into snowmobile and ski/snowboard/snowshoe groups each day. Field session participants will meet with instructors after the classroom sessions for an orientation.
The clinics are being hosted by the Snowy Range Snowmobile Club with support from the U.S. Forest Service and the Wyoming State Trails Program. Funding for the clinics is possible through a Recreational Trails Program Diversified Grant.