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Now is the time to purchase your $25 ticket for CSAW. Ticket price increases to $40 on Sunday.
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The Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop is a one-day professional development seminar for people working and recreating in and around avalanche terrain. It provides a venue to listen to presentations and discuss new ideas, techniques and technologies in avalanche research and field work.

The 2018 Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop will feature a diverse set of speakers covering topics from the effects of climate change on our snowpack to the history of the Colorado Department of Transportation avalanche mitigation program.

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SEPTEMBER 2018 ISSUE |Looking back
The monthly dump is back for the 2018 – 2019 season! We could not be more excited for the upcoming winter season. But first, let’s take a look back at how last season shaped up and the events we have to kick off this fall.
2017-2018 Season Review
The 2017-18 avalanche season in Colorado was characterized by a stark north-south gradient in total snowfall, and warm, wet storms punctuating prolonged dry spells. In portions of the Central and Southern Mountains, it was one of the driest winters in the last 40 years. Our Northern Mountains fared better, with some areas quietly sneaking in a decent season with near or even slightly above median annual snowfall. Rain as high as 12,000 feet and several dust events made many us of wonder how winter might look in the future.

There were approximately 2200 avalanches reported to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). CAIC documented 35 incidents, with 45 people caught and three killed – less than the 10-year mean of six fatalities per season. The numbers are likely affected by a shortened snowpack season, particularly in our Southern Mountains, that had long stretches with little avalanche hazard due to poor snow coverage.

An early October storm dropped enough snow at higher elevations to persist through a pronounced fall/early 12de65a6-ef64-465b-97da-07a339ae0f8a.jpgwinter drought. A thick foundation of depth hoar developed across much of the state. This layer plagued us for the remainder of the season. We received four “storms” during this drought period with very little snow accumulating prior to Thanksgiving. Each of these storms was followed by extended dry periods of at least a week. Our first close call occurred right after one of these modest loading events on November 18, when a snowboarder near Aspen was caught, carried, and partially buried. Fortunately, he walked away with no major injuries.

The longest period without significant snowfall was from November 18 to just before Christmas. During this five-week dry spell, the snowpack around the state dropped to less than 75% of long-term median, with some areas in the Central and Southern Mountains in the single digits. A “Christmas storm” finally brought snow we could measure in feet. Our snowpack did not handle this test well, and we saw our first, and in hindsight, most widespread avalanche cycle of the season. This pattern – mid to late-month storms interrupting dry periods and leading to avalanche cycles – continued into April. The avalanches in each cycle failed on the facet layer that developed during the early-season drought

The first fatality of the season occurred right after the mid-January storm in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton. Two backcountry skiers were caught and partially buried after venturing into terrain they planned to avoid. One did not survive.

February was the snowiest month of the season for the entire state, accounting for a large percentage of snowfall for the entire season. In some locations in the Southern Mountains, February snowfall amounted to around half of the season’s snowfall. Not surprisingly, we also had a lot of associated avalanche activity, and 6bc68772-ea3a-4929-9ee2-6181cc2ef830.jpga little over one third of all avalanche incidents occurred during this one month. The month’s incidents include a solo skier near Berthoud Pass who was caught, carried, and sustained injuries, and a skier near Vail Pass who was partially buried and suffered serious injuries requiring hospitalization.

Mid-February storms produced a remarkably sustained cycle of large and very large avalanches, with D2.5 or larger slides nearly every day for over a week in some locations. The cycle left many professionals searching their memories to recall such a long-lived cycle of avalanches breaking to the ground with very small loads or even just a minor uptick in wind transport.

March was mostly warm and dry. Warm, spring-time temperatures brought a few days of small wet avalanches throughout March, but we didn’t get a pronounced Wet Slab avalanche cycle until later in the season. Storms in the latter half of the month brought rain to 11,000 ft. We had several close calls during the month, but entered April with hopes of finishing the season with only one tragic avalanche fatality.

It was not to be. One of the season’s largest storms arrived on April 6, delivering ample heavy, wet snow over the next three days. Snow-water-equivalent was up to 4 inches of water with 2 to 3 feet of snow in the favored locations. We observed rain close to 12,000 feet at the tail end of the storm. This was an unusual 3d5c6435-0395-4d04-b2ae-a8224207926f.jpgevent, and two fatalities occurred in the three-day period right after the storm lifted. On closing day for Aspen Highlands (April 8), a member of the local Search and Rescue group was caught, carried, and killed in the backcountry adjacent to the ski area. An avalanche warning was in effect at the time of accident. On April 10, snowmobilers near Breckenridge triggered an avalanche that broke on the early-season, basal facets. The victim was fully buried and killed. He was wearing a beacon, but it was not turned on. It was sobering to enter the final stretches of the season with two more tragic accidents, each of which has take-home lessons that are too familiar. A number of Wet Slab avalanches followed later in April and into May.

On the education front, the CAIC and Friends of CAIC continued the Know Before You Go program statewide. Combined with our other educational programs, CAIC staff and trained instructors across the state conducted around 150 education events and reached approximately 6300 students. We look forward to improving and expanding these programs for next season.

Lastly – Thank you for your past support and in advance for your continued support. Together we can achieve our strategic goals and continue to build the best avalanche forecast center Colorado has ever seen.

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Tuesday – Thursday, Sept. 11-13
Colorado Mountain College, Leadville
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Bentgate’s Ski Season Kickoff Party

Thursday, Oct. 4
American Mountaineering Center, Golden
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Colorado Snow & Avalanche Workshop

Friday, October 5
Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
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Colorado Snowpack is Extremely Dangerous and getting Worse

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FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE |Large & Dangerous
We Have a Deep Problem
After a dry start to the winter, the snowpack in the Colorado mountains is rapidly increasing. The increase in snow over the last few weeks is building a thick slab on top of a weak foundation. This weak layer of snow that sits near the ground has been producing avalanches for most of the winter. With a thicker slab, the avalanches are now much larger. Avalanches are breaking at the ground and are hundreds, sometimes more than a thousand, feet wide. If you get caught, it will be hard to survive.

These are very large Persistent and Deep Persistent Slab avalanches. These types of avalanches are especially dangerous as you may not see the usual signs of unstable snow that you rely on: shooting cracks, rumbling collapses or recent avalanches. The only way to stay safe from these avalanches is to avoid terrain over 30 degrees in the areas that can produce these types of destructive avalanches. The snowpack this winter is unlike the past few winters. The steep slope that you rode safely last season or last month, may now be dangerous.

This is an important time to take a step back and carefully consider the terrain you want to ride. These conditions could last for the rest of the winter. Many of the big avalanche paths that you see in Colorado were formed during avalanche years like this one. Watch the video below and share with your friends. Always get the forecast before you head into the backcountry.

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There is nothing better than a hot cup of coffee before, during and after your backcountry ventures! Bivouac Coffee is our official coffee partner for the 2017-2018 season! When you purchase their delicious coffee beans you are directly supporting your avalanche center.

10% of all Bivouac Coffee purchases support avalanche awareness and forecasting throughout Colorado.

Let’s cheers to that! Visit Bivouac Coffee’s website today.

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Down for Change!

Sunday, March 4
Breckenridge Ski Resort
How many vertical feet can you ski or ride in a day? Take part in this competition and benefit CAIC while doing it! Learn more by clicking here.

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On-Snow Pop Up!

Saturday, March 3
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Join Friends of CAIC and Bivouac Coffee at one of the popular backcountry trailheads along I-70 for some coffee, swag and more. Check back in soon for more information!

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WP Beers & Cheers

Sunday, March 18
Hideaway Park Brewery, Winter Park
Coming at you, Winter Park! Join us for beers and cheers in support of your avalanche center. Check back in soon for more information!

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Party for a Purpose

Saturday, March 24
Highlands Alehouse, Aspen
Mark your calendars, Aspen! The party you love is back thanks to Strafe Outerwear. Check back in soon for more information!

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CAIC Benefit Bash raised over $100K, save the date for 2018 December 1, 2018

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DECEMBER 2017 ISSUE |What a Bash!
Decade Deep : A Recap
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The 10th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash raised $118,640.99 for avalanche forecasting and education in Colorado!

What a Bash. This event would not have been possible without the 125 incredibly generous sponsors, 70 hard working volunteers, 6 breweries that donated delicious beer, and the Summit County restaurant community that fed all1,200 of us. We are especially thankful for all of you that joined us and helped us break our fundraising record once again. To view photos from the party, click here for our Facebook photo album. Photos provided by the talented Rebecca Wissman.

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11th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash
“Up to 11”
Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge

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Friends of CAIC Launch Version 2 of the CAIC Mobile App!

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We are proud to announce that we have launched version 2 of our mobile app for both Android and Apple devices. We could not have done this without our partnership with The North Face.The mobile app project aligns directly with our effort to make the avalanche forecasts easily accessible across a variety of platforms. Version 2 of the mobile app optimizes the daily zone avalanche forecasts for all 10 zones across Colorado. Our focus for version 2 was an updated user interface that provided a cleaner path to the avalanche forecast, danger ratings, and zone weather tables.

Our partnership with The North Face merges technology with a common goal to provide avalanche information to our incredible community of backcountry users. We are excited to continually update the app to provide additional resources and tools.

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Over the past year the Friends of CAIC and CAIC have made great strides in building the best avalanche center possible.

Your donations continue to drive and improve our programs for backcountry forecasting and education throughout Colorado. You can see more in our FY2017 Annual Report by clicking here.

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Backcountry Brains

Sunday, January 7
Grab your smartest friends and join Friends of CAIC and Breckenridge Distillery for an apres snow trivia party! Learn more by clicking here.

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Monarch Backcountry Day

Saturday, January 13
Mark your calendars for what will be a fun backcountry awareness and demo day at Monarch! More information coming soon.

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BV Backcountry Day

Saturday, January 21
The Trailhead, Buena Vista
Demos of ALL KINDS: Skis, splitboards, cross-country, snowshoes, fat bikes…plus a killer after-party. All proceeds benefit the CAIC. Learn more by clicking here.

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16th Annual Beacon Bowl

Saturday, February 3
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
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10th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash – Get your tickets now!

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Join the Friends of CAIC on Saturday, December 2, at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge and support the CAIC in their continued efforts in avalanche forecasting and education throughout Colorado. Get your tickets now before they sell out.

Saturday, December 2
10th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash
Breckenridge Riverwalk Center
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Backcountry Avalanche Forecast
Front Range

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Summary

We continue to receive reports of avalanches breaking into old, weak snow. Combine this with widespread shooting cracks and large thunderous collapses, and we have plenty of good evidence that dangerous avalanche conditions exist on north and east-facing slopes at higher elevations. The most suspect slopes now have freshly form wind-drifted slabs from the 1 to 4 inches of new snowfall, stacked on top of older early season snow. The slopes with the best coverage are also the slopes where you’re most likely to trigger an avalanche. You can trigger avalanches from a distance and from below, so give this terrain a wide buffer to address the unpredictability.

we now have slabs 1 to 2 feet thick on east-facing slopes, and you might be able to trigger an avalanches in just the freshly drifted snow even in areas that don’t harbor more deeply buried weak layers. Drum-like or hollow sounds underfoot are signs of this problem. You can reduce your risk by avoiding slopes where you observe active wind loading.

Persistent Slab

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What You Need to Know About These Avalanches Persistent Slab avalanches can be triggered days to weeks after the last storm. They often propagate across and beyond terrain features that would otherwise confine Wind and Storm Slab avalanches. In some cases they can be triggered remotely, from low-angle terrain or adjacent slopes. Give yourself a wide safety buffer to address the uncertainty.

Wind Slab

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What You Need to Know About These Avalanches Wind Slab avalanches release naturally during wind events and can be triggered for up to a week after a wind event. They form in lee and cross-loaded terrain features. Avoid them by sticking to wind sheltered or wind scoured areas.

Weather Forecast for 11,000ft

Issued Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 6:33 AM by Brian Lazar

Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Temperature (ºF) 35 to 40 25 to 30 40 to 45
Wind Speed (mph) 15 to 25 15 to 25 15-25 G50
Wind Direction WNW WNW WNW
Sky Cover Mostly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 to 1 0 0

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AUGUST 2017 ISSUE |Winter is coming…
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Winter is coming and our 2017-2018 season is going to be big. See below for exciting updates, upcoming events and more.
First thing’s first…
You’re probably wondering, ‘How did I get on this email list?‘ We are emailing you because you have been a loyal supporter of Friends of CAIC. You have either donated to us, attended our events, or are just awesome.

We are excited to bring you ‘The Monthly Dump‘, a seasonal monthly email that will highlight what is happening around the state. We will promote our events, feature avalanche problems and weather patterns, and keep you in the know. This first issue is simple — as winter approaches, more content will be shared here.

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Bentgate’s Ski Season Kickoff Party

Thursday, Sept. 21
American Mountaineering Center, Golden
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Mountain Meteorology Workshop

Tuesday – Thursday, Sept. 26 – 28
Colorado Mountain College, Leadville
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Colorado Snow & Avalanche Workshop

Friday, October 6
Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
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The 10th Annual Benefit Bash

Saturday, December 2
Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
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CAIC 9th Annual Benefit Bash is coming December 3

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Join us on Saturday, December 3, at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge and support the CAIC in their continued efforts in avalanche forecasting and education throughout Colorado. We hope you can join us! Tickets are on sale now! Get yours today.

Saturday, December 3
9th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash
Breckenridge Riverwalk Center
5:00pm – 10:00pm
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Here are few things you have to look forward to:
•   Live music from
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•   Fantastic beer from Breckenridge Brewery, Broken Compass Brewing Company, Backcountry Brewery, Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company, Dillon Dam Brewery, and The Baker’s Brewery.
•   Amazing catered dinner from
Food Hedz.
•   Over $60,000 in our silent auction and door prizes that must go home with our guests!
 

 


It’s That Time of Year: CAIC Backcountry Weather Forecasting has started, Send in some money & Get on the list

 

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Backcountry Weather Forecast
Issued Friday, November 4, 2016 at 5:13 AM

by Scott Toepfer

 

 

 Weather Discussion

A closed low-pressure system currently camped out over far southern Arizona is spinning some cloud into southern Colorado. Radar indicates a few isolated showers, but nothing serious. Precipitation associated with the low is still moving northward out of New Mexico and Arizona and should arrive over the San Juan Mountains about mid-day Friday. Snowfall potential has decreased the last few model runs. Wind speeds are remarkably light and are not coming from a favorable direction to aid mountain induced snowfall (orographics). Temperature trends have been bumping warmer a little from run to run as well.

A potent dome of high-pressure covers much of the rest of the United States. The main winter storm track is riding up into Canada and over this high-pressure dome and it then drops southeast into New England. The closed low over the desert southwest has some trouble kicking east of a line running north from the Texas panhandle to the Colorado/Kansas line.  At this time it looks to wobble around the Colorado area into early next week. It’s a rather odd pattern so it’s probably a good idea to let the models resolve what this storm wants to do past the weekend time frame before speculating any further.

 

 

Steamboat & Flat Tops at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

41 to 46

32 to 37

42 to 47

Wind Speed (mph)

0 to 10

3 to 13

2 to 12

Wind Direction

WSW

ESE

E

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy

Snow (in)

0

0

0

Front Range at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

40 to 45

31 to 36

36 to 41

Wind Speed (mph)

2 to 12

1 to 11

2 to 12

Wind Direction

SSE

ESE

E

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy

Snow (in)

0

0 to 2

0 to 2

Vail & Summit County at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

40 to 45

30 to 35

37 to 42

Wind Speed (mph)

2 to 12

2 to 12

2 to 12

Wind Direction

SSE

SE

SE

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy

Snow (in)

0

0 to 1 E

0 to 1

Sawatch Range at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

41 to 46

29 to 34

37 to 42

Wind Speed (mph)

1 to 11

3 to 13

1 to 11

Wind Direction

E

E

E

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy

Snow (in)

0 to 1

0 to 2 E

0 to 1 E

Aspen at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

39 to 44

28 to 33

36 to 41

Wind Speed (mph)

2 to 12

2 to 12

2 to 12

Wind Direction

SE

ESE

SE

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Overcast

Snow (in)

0

0

0 to 1 E

Gunnison at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

40 to 45

28 to 33

37 to 42

Wind Speed (mph)

3 to 13

3 to 13

3 to 13

Wind Direction

SE

SE

SE

Sky Cover

Increasing

Overcast

Overcast

Snow (in)

0

0

0 to 1

Grand Mesa at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

43 to 48

33 to 38

40 to 45

Wind Speed (mph)

1 to 11

1 to 11

0 to 10

Wind Direction

SE

SE

SE

Sky Cover

Increasing

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy

Snow (in)

0

0

0

Northern San Juan at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

38 to 43

27 to 32

32 to 37

Wind Speed (mph)

5 to 15

5 to 15

5 to 15

Wind Direction

SE

SE

SSE

Sky Cover

Mostly Cloudy

Overcast

Overcast

Snow (in)

0 to 2

Tr to 3

1 to 3

Southern San Juan at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

40 to 45

29 to 34

35 to 40

Wind Speed (mph)

1 to 11

2 to 12

3 to 13

Wind Direction

NNE

NE

S

Sky Cover

Overcast

Overcast

Overcast

Snow (in)

Tr to 2

Tr to 2

Tr to 2

Sangre de Cristo at 11,000ft

 

Friday

Friday Night

Saturday

Temperature (°F)

37 to 42

28 to 33

35 to 40

Wind Speed (mph)

2 to 12

1 to 11

3 to 13

Wind Direction

SSE

S

S

Sky Cover

Overcast

Mostly Cloudy

Overcast

Snow (in)

0

0 to 1

Tr to 2

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WE’RE GIVING 10% OF SALES TO YOUR LOCAL AVALANCHE CENter

Amidst the shopping craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, G3 is shaking it up and giving back to the backcountry community.

From now until ‘Cyber Monday’ November 28th, we are donating 10% of online sales revenue to avalanche centers around North America.

The best part is you get to choose who we give it to.

Just head to our online store, gear up for the season, and then select where 10% of your purchase should be donated. UAC, CAIC, NWAC, and several others round out the list. We couldn’t get every region, but we look forward to expanding the project next winter.

*Offer does not apply to Pro/Employee purchase program. G3 ships to Canada and USA addresses only.  

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CAIC Benefit

On Saturday, November 14, the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge will be filled with 1200 mountain enthusiasts as we rally together and support the CAIC in their continued efforts of avalanche forecasting and education throughout Colorado. We hope you can join us! Tickets are selling fast! Get yours today.

Saturday, November 14
8th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash
Breckenridge Riverwalk Center
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Tickets: http://www.breckcreate.org/event/caicbenefitbash/
More info: http://avalanche.state.co.us/caic-benefit-bash/

Here are few things you have to look forward to:
• Live music from Missed the Boat.
• Fantastic beer from New Belgium Brewing.
• Amazing catered dinner from Food Hedz.
• A silent auction with a plethora of options including: a DeLorme InReach, Ortovox avalanche beacons, Mammut airbag, Cat skiing trips, Icebreaker base layers, Black Diamond skis, Dynafit bindings, and even a Booze, Beers, and Backcountry adventure with Wood’s High Mountain Distillery and Elevation Brewery!
• Over $60,000 in door prizes that must go home with our guests!

Click here to see our full list of sponsors as well as our silent auction and live auction line up.

Don’t forget to book your hotel rooms. Beaver Run Resort is offering discounted rates for our guests. Rooms can be booked by calling Beaver Run group reservations at 1-800-525-2253 and mentioning the CAIC Benefit Bash.


Colorado Avalanche Information Center Kow Before You Go campaign kicks off

The 2014/2015 season has been very interesting so far. We have had some great powder days as well as weeks of high pressure and no new snow. However, our snowpack is hovering around average and there is plenty of skiing, riding, and snowmobiling to come!

Today we are launching our 6-week Know Before You Go campaign! Donate now. This is our annual fundraising drive that allows us to be creative and expand the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s operations. The money raised during this campaign will go toward the following goals.

1. Create and launch Know Before You Go Colorado. This education initiative will be modeled after the Utah Avalanche Center’s model but will be focused on Colorado’s snowpack and avalanche problems.

2. Improve the CAIC’s backcountry forecast program. More forecasting staff means more people that are part of a statewide avalanche safety effort. More forecasters will mean more local field data, which in turn will create more accurate, and timely avalanche forecasts for you, the backcountry user.

3. The expanded resources also mean expansion of our IT infrastructure. Last season we asked you to invest in the development of a mobile app. You responded and we launched V1 in January. We are excited to continually develop the capabilities our website as well as of the app and we need your help to do that.

You want your forecast center, the CAIC, to be the best. Donate today and help us grow and give you the best center in the United States. Once again, I feel so strongly about bringing Know Before You Go to Colorado that I will kick off the campaign with my own $200 donation.

Starting today and for the next 6 weeks the Friends of CAIC will be offering prizes, challenges, and incentives, to anyone who donates $25 or more. Click here for more information or to DONATE NOW!

We will be accepting donations in the following ways:

Donate on Crowdrise: https://www.crowdrise.com/knowbeforeyougo

(Remember you don’t have to pay the “Optional Processing Fee”. Click on the text and select 0%.)

Mail us a check: PO BOX 140817 Denver, CO 80214

Donate ONLINE on our website: http://friendsofcaic.org

Hand us cash!

We are looking forward to your support over the next 6 weeks!

Sincerely,

Aaron Carlson
Executive Director
Friends of CAIC

Ethan Greene
Director
Colorado Avalanche Information Center


Volunteers Needed for the Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival to Support the Colorado Avalanche Information Center

We are still searching for volunteers for the Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival. This is a great opportunity to volunteer for an event that supports avalanche forecasting and education throughout the State of Colorado.

The Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival will be held Saturday April 11th from 12-5pm on Ridge Street in downtown Breckenridge. There are la lot of shifts still available. All volunteers will receive a commemorative event volunteer t-shirt and the option to purchase a $15 tasting mug after their shift. We can also sign off on volunteer hours needed for various reasons. The Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

You can find the Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival volunteer sign up sheet HERE.

Please let us know if you have any questions and we’d love to see you this year!
Cheers,
Friends of CAIC


Companion Rescue Workshop is being put on by A-Basin Ski Area with the proceeds going to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center

If you go outside in the winter time you should take this course.

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol is putting on this class.

Join CAIC, A-Basin Ski Patrol and patrollers from neighboring ski areas for a day of classroom instruction and hands-on outdoor scenarios on how to make solo and group avalanche rescues.

*A Lift Ticket or Season Pass is REQUIRED for this workshop*

Price includes pasta dinner and special presentation about being prepared in the backcountry after the workshop.

Price         $50.00      

Companion Rescue Workshop Pasta Dinner

Pasta for everyone! Join us after the Companion Rescue Workshop for a pasta dinner and special presentation about being prepared in the backcountry in the A-Frame (vegetarian options available).

Open to everyone, even if you’re not participating in the workshop! Bring your friends and join us in the A-Frame. All proceeds go to the CAIC.

To Sign Up Go Here.

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Colorado Avalanche Information Center has a new Email Design: Informative and Easy to Understand

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Backcountry Avalanche Forecast
Front Range

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Summary

Winds have finally backed off their mission of stripping away the November 10 to 16 storm snow. Temperatures have finally started to warm too, and the valley inversions have begun to ease. Our over-riding avalanche problem remains the Persistent Slab. Reported activity has started to slow, but the persistent weak layer that created the problem still exists.
Fresh loading of snow into starting zones backed off quite a bit beginning yesterday, so that helps relieve some of the building tension in the snowpack that ramped up with wind speeds last weekend. Our snowpack will be in a general holding pattern until our next storm cycle appears later this coming weekend.

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What You Need to Know About These Avalanches

Persistent slabs can be triggered by light loads and weeks after the last storm. You can trigger them remotely and they often propagate across and beyond terrain features that would otherwise confine wind and storm slabs. Give yourself a wide safety buffer to handle the uncertainty.

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What You Need to Know About These Avalanches

Wind slabs can take up to a week to stabilize. They are confined to lee and cross-loaded terrain features and can be avoided by sticking to sheltered or wind scoured areas.

Weather Forecast for 11,000ft

Issued Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:36 AM by Scott Toepfer

Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (ºF) 22 to 27 10 to 15 22 to 27
Wind Speed (mph) 10 to 20 7 to 17 8 to 18
Wind Direction W W W
Sky Cover Mostly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0-Tr AM 0 to Tr 0

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7th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash Breckenridge Riverwalk Center: You Ski, You Should Be There!

YOU ARE INVITED!

7th Annual CAIC Benefit Bash

Presented By: Backcountry Access, Voile, Weston Snowboards, Vail Resorts Epic Promise, Arc’teryx, Black Diamond, and Freeride Systems

Saturday, November 8, 2014

5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Breckenridge Riverwalk Center

150 West Adams Ave

Breckenridge, CO 80424

Tickets: https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/WALK/

More info: http://avalanche.state.co.us/about-us/events/7th-annual-caic-benefit-bash/

The Friends of the CAIC are proud to host the Seventh Annual CAIC Benefit Bash, a benefit for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), on Friday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Mountain enthusiasts are invited to rally together and support CAIC in their continued efforts of avalanche forecasting and education throughout Colorado. This winter kick-off staple features live music from Shakedown Street, an array of tasty food from local restaurants and incredible beer from Colorado’s own, New Belgium Brewery. Don’t miss out on the Benefit Bash’s massive silent auction, live auction and thousands of dollars worth of door prizes and giveaways.

Also, don’t forget to book your hotel rooms. Beaver Run Resort is offering discounted rates for our attendees. Rooms can be booked by calling Beaver Run group reservations at 1-800-525-2253 and mentioning the CAIC Benefit Bash.

We are looking forward to another great event!


13th Annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop: If you are in the ski industry in the West you need to be here!

YOU ARE INVITED!

13th Annual Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop (CSAW)

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English: I took this picture on May 2006, on my way to Mount Everest base camp. Ilan Adler. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friday October 17, 2014

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Breckenridge Riverwalk Center

150 West Adams Ave

Breckenridge, CO 80424

Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/csawtickets2014

Join the CAIC and Friends of CAIC in Breckenridge, Colorado for this year’s Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop.

We have invited speakers from around Colorado and as far as Montana, Canada, and Alaska. It’s going to be a great event and we would love to see you there. You can see the full schedule here: http://tinyurl.com/csaw2014.

Register before October 13th and save on the registration fee.

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A powder snow avalanche (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Also, don’t forget to book your hotel rooms. Beaver Run Resort is offering discounted rates for our attendees. Rooms can be booked by calling Beaver Run group reservations at 1-800-525-2253 and mentioning CAIC.

We are looking forward to another great CSAW!


April is an awesome month for skiing and also an fantastic time to PARTY FOR A PURPOSE and support the CAIC!

Join the Friends of CAIC at the below events and say “Thank You” to our avalanche forecasters for a season for hard work.

April 11th: Après in the Boat – Steamboat, CO

Featuring: Steamboat’s own – Missed the Boat

Where: Bear River Bar and Grill, Steamboat Ski Area

Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

Ticket price includes: Bowl of Chili, 2 drink tickets, 1 door prize tickets, access to great music! Advance tickets available until April 10, 2014.

April 17th: Thank you CAIC! – Edwards, CO

E-Town: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Hug and thank a forecaster for all their hard work this season. Join us in Edwards, Colorado for a benefit party for the CAIC. We will have a ton of gear to give away, some great food, and fantastic beer. All the money raised will go toward the Friends of CAIC Stay Informed, Stay Alive $150,000 challenge. Jump on board today!

Requested donation: $20 at the door.

April 26th: Loveland Corn Harvest – Loveland Ski Area

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Join your friends for a fun day of spring skiing, lunch, music, prizes, and refreshments at this year’s Corn Harvest.

Where: Loveland Ski Area

When: April 26, 2014

Tickets: $60 (includes: Lunch, Beer, Lift Ticket, door prize ticket)

$30 – With Season Pass

More information can be found here: http://cornharvest.org/

Also, don’t forget. We are in the middle of our Stay Informed, Stay Alive $150,000 Challenge campaign. We have had tremendous support over the past few weeks. Do your part and donate now! http://www.crowdrise.com/stayinformedstayalive/fundraiser/FriendsofCAIC

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Friends of CAIC Launches $150,000 fundraising campaign

Hi There,

We have had 7 fatalities thus far this season including the most recent, which happened yesterday in Southern Colorado. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim. Numerous accidents have happened throughout Colorado and we recently saw an avalanche cycle that was one of the largest in 30 years. It has been and continues to be a very busy season.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s Backcountry Avalanche Forecasting program is small but mighty. The CAIC operates on limited funding and they do incredible work with what they have. Colorado is a very big place and there are more and more people enjoying the State’s spectacular winter backcountry each year. We deserve the best avalanche center in the country. To achieve this goal we need everyone’s support. The State of Colorado is incredibly supportive and has increased the CAIC’s funding. But to really grow, we need you involved. This private public partnership is the best way we can expand the CAIC’s backcountry forecast program and I am personally asking you to support avalanche forecasting and education throughout the State of Colorado. In fact, to show how strongly I feel about the CAIC’s backcountry forecasting program, I will kick off the campaign with my own $200 donation.

Starting today and for the next 7 weeks the Friends of CAIC will be offering prizes, challenges, and incentives, to anyone who donates $25 or more. Click here for more information or to DONATE NOW!

We will be accepting donations in the following ways:

Donate on Crowdrise.com.http://www.crowdrise.com/stayinformedstayalive/

(Remember you don’t have to pay the “Optional Processing Fee”. Click on the text and select 0%.)

Mail us a check: PO BOX 140817 Denver, CO 80214

Donate ONLINE on our website: http://friendsofcaic.org

Hand us cash!

We are looking forward to your help in this campaign.

Sincerely,

Aaron Carlson

Executive Director

Friends of CAIC

Ethan Greene

Director

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

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Honorary member of the Italian Academic Alpine Club acceptance speech is an eloquent statement on why we climb mountains

Whether you climb or not, you should read this speech. It will justify your actions provide you with ideas to defend our desire to climb, no matter the risk.

Bernard Amy is a well-known French mountaineer and President the French Observatoir pour les Pratiques de la Montagne et de l’ Alpinisme (OPMA). He was granted honorary membership in the Italian Academic Alpine Club (CAIC). His acceptance speech can be found here.

Mr. Amy’s speech should be read by every mountaineer and should be read by every person who is attempting to stop a mountaineer. Some Quotes:

Rather, in order to have mountaineering accepted as a risky activity, we must explain what the mountains give us and what we learn from them.  In other words, we must not try to explain why we go to the mountains, but what we find there.

Like all passions, the passion for mountaineering is characterized by a permanent element of doubt, a continuous questioning of oneself about the sense of the activity. Be he young or old, a mountaineer needs to feel strong.  For this the social recognition of the group is essential.

These are valuable and strong statements by someone who has concentrated to find the thrill, the accomplishment and the satisfaction of standing on the summit.

Congratulations Mr. Amy on your honorary membership in the CAIC. Thank you for providing us support for our future endeavors to keep mountains open and mountain tops great places of worship for our soles.

Bernard Amy says we must explain what the mountains give us and what we learn from them

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It’s that time of year again. Support your local Avalanche Information Group

CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Morning Backcountry Weather Forecast

CGS: Colorado Geological Survey
Issued: 11/07/2013 4:47 AM by Scott Toepfer
See this forecast on-line. Goto your account.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is a program within the Department of Natural Resources.
Weather Discussion
Overnight low temperatures have begun a slow ascent toward the 20’s over the last 12 hours. Breezy winds are helping to scour the cold air out, though some colder valley floor temperatures will persist into Thursday night.
A storm off the coast of southern Canada will move on shore today. Clouds associated with this system stretch down the west coast to Mexico, and these will move across the Great Basin and into Colorado today. With any luck we will see some snow showers develop along our northern zones later this evening. The jet stream and main storm track will be well north of our state, so any snow we get will be on the light side and north of the 40th parallel. With Colorado south of the jet stream core, we can expect some rather windy conditions near and above treeline for Thursday and into Friday.
A high pressure ridge will strengthen on Friday and persist into the weekend bringing mild temperatures and generally clear skies.
The next storm of note is forecast for the middle of next week.

Steamboat & Flat Tops Forecast
Fields Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (°F) 30 to 35 18 to 23 31 to 36
Wind Speed (mph) 10 to 20 15 to 25 14 to 24
Wind Direction WSW WSW W
Sky Cover Increasing Mostly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 to 2 0 to 1 0

Front Range Forecast
Fields Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (°F) 32 to 37 20 to 25 32 to 37
Wind Speed (mph) 15 to 25 20-30 G50 20-30 G50s
Wind Direction W W W
Sky Cover Increasing Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 to 1N 0 to 1N 0

Vail & Summit County Forecast
Fields Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (°F) 28 to 33 18 to 23 32 to 37
Wind Speed (mph) 8 to 18 18 to 28 20-30 G50
Wind Direction WSW W W
Sky Cover Increasing Mostly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 0

Sawatch Range Forecast
Fields Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (°F) 30 to 35 20 to 25 32 to 37
Wind Speed (mph) 7 to 17 12 to 22 21-31 G50
Wind Direction WSW WSW W
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 0

Aspen Forecast
Fields Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (°F) 30 to 35 18 to 23 32 to 37
Wind Speed (mph) 7 to 17 12 to 22 14-24 G40s
Wind Direction W W W
Sky Cover Increasing Mostly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 0

Gunnison Forecast
Fields Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (°F) 32 to 37 18 to 23 33 to 38
Wind Speed (mph) 5 to 15 7 to 17 10 to 20
Wind Direction SW W WSW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Mostly Clear
Snow (in) 0 0 0

Grand Mesa Forecast
Fields Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (°F) 35 to 40 22 to 27 35 to 40
Wind Speed (mph) 5 to 15 8 to 18 6 to 16
Wind Direction SSW S SW
Sky Cover Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 0 0

Northern San Juan Forecast
Fields Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (°F) 33 to 38 20 to 25 33 to 38
Wind Speed (mph) 7 to 17 10 to 20 15 to 25
Wind Direction SSW S WSW
Sky Cover Mostly Clear Partly Cloudy Mostly Clear
Snow (in) 0 0 0

Southern San Juan Forecast
Fields Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (°F) 35 to 40 20 to 25 35 to 40
Wind Speed (mph) 5 to 15 7 t0 17 10 to 20
Wind Direction SW SW SW
Sky Cover Mostly Clear Mostly Clear Mostly Clear
Snow (in) 0 0 0

Sangre de Cristo Forecast
Fields Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Temperature (°F) 35 to 40 20 to 25 35 to 40
Wind Speed (mph) 10 to 20 15 to 25 18-28 G40s
Wind Direction SW SW WSW
Sky Cover Mostly Clear Mostly Clear Clear
Snow (in) 0 0 0
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Mountain Weather Workshop: Nov 2-4: Its getting to be that time of year!!!!

Mountain Weather Workshop

Avalanche On Ozone

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The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) and the Silverton Avalanche School are offering a three day workshop on Mountain Meteorology. Morning sessions

will provide a basic understanding of meteorological principles applied to weather in mountainous areas. Afternoon sessions will focus on using publicly available weather information to create a local forecast. Participants will interact with experienced weather forecasters and work in small groups to generate and present their own forecasts. The workshop is designed for avalanche practitioners and avid recreationalists. Anyone interested in mountain weather phenomena is welcome and no previous meteorological education is required. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer with wireless capability for the small group exercises.

This course is intended for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of weather processes and the products available for forecasting. Ski patrol, mountain guides, avalanche forecasters, natural resource managers, avid recreationalists and mountain pilots would all benefit from this course.

Instructors
Dr. John Snook, Mountain Weather and Avalanche Forecaster, CAIC – Boulder
Dr. Ethan Greene, Director, CAIC

Students receive a mountain weather workbook as a part of the course. We highly recommend bringing a laptop with wireless networking capability.

Workshop Summary

A commonly practiced weather forecast strategy is to take a systematic approach to organizing forecast information by spatial scale. The approach starts by analyzing large-scale hemispheric information and then working downscale to high-resolution information. The workshop schedule reflects this strategy with a focus on big picture weather basics and phenomena on day one, followed by regional-scale weather on day two, and then mountain-scale weather on day three. Morning sessions will provide an understanding of meteorological systems at these particular scales. Afternoon sessions will apply this understanding to prediction techniques typically used by professional weather forecasters. Participants will gain practical skills through small group forecast preparation exercises at the end of each day.

Course Goals:

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• Provide a basic understanding of meteorology
• Apply that understanding to mountain weather
• Learn mountain weather forecasting techniques

Specifically, the Mountain Weather curriculum addresses:
• A general approach to weather forecasting
• Basic forecasting strategies and processes
• Meteorology basics
• Observational meteorology components
• Introduction to weather computer models
• Hemispheric to regional to mountain scale weather processes
• Precipitation mechanics
• Interpretation of weather products

Upon completion of the course, students will have had the opportunity to:
• Learn and utilize a framework and checklist for mountain scale weather forecasting
• Access and interpret available weather resources and models in forecasting exercises
• Develop a list of resources and forecasting approach to a specific area(s) of interest

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CSCUSA PR reminds people to be safe

Colorado Ski Country USA Reminds Skiers & Snowboarders to be Safe on the Slopes

Resorts Emphasize Safe Skiing, Prepare for Busy Holiday

 

Aspen Highlands, Michael Neumann

DENVER, Colo. – February 17, 2012– Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) and its 22 member resorts remind skiers and snowboarders to practice safe skiing and riding, know and follow Your Responsibility Code, be aware of surroundings and obey terrain closures.

“Guest safety is always the number one priority of our members,” explained Melanie Mills, CSCUSA president and CEO. “President’s Day weekend is a popular time to go skiing, and our resorts are doing absolutely everything they can to make sure guests are safe and have an enjoyable time on the slopes during this busy weekend.”

Individual skier and snowboarder responsibility is the foundation for safe skiing. Loveland Ski Area assistant patrol director and CSCUSA Ski Patroller of the Year, Joey Riefenberg, stresses the importance of being aware of your surroundings, “Skiers and snowboarders need to be proactive about safety, pay attention to who is skiing around you and always look downhill. Go slow and give yourself time to stop. Know that little kids are out and about and need a wide berth, watch where the flows are.”

CSCUSA member resorts across the state are taking extra measures to provide safe skiing environments, including constantly reassessing conditions. “Resorts are working super hard to make sure it’s safe. Everyone is super conscientious of that, and the snowpack,” said Riefenberg. “It’s a funny snowpack this year, really odd, and resorts are on alert, busy knocking all the air out of the snowpack and making sure everything is safe.”

Skiers and snowboarders are also reminded to obey all signage and be especially alert to obeying terrain closures. As snow continues to fall in Ski Country, resorts will open more terrain as conditions safely allow. “We’d love to open everything but things are closed for a reason, because it’s unsafe for you and unsafe for those who have to rescue you,” Riefenberg explained. “Nothing is being saved, we want everyone to have fun, but be safe doing it.”
Ultimately, it is the responsible behavior of skiers and riders that make the slopes safe. Knowing the nationally recognized Your Responsibility Code is crucial to skier and rider responsibility. Referred to simply as The Code, it is comprised of seven principles that collectively outline on-mountain skier etiquette and safe skiing practices.

Responsibilities within The Code include:

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  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

CSCUSA also reminds skiers, snowboarders and other snowsports enthusiasts heading into the backcountry to check with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) on the magnitude and nature of avalanche hazard they may encounter, do not venture out alone, and have proper equipment and education for the conditions. “Backcountry avalanche danger right now is considerable,” states Ethan Greene, director of CAIC. “With the holiday weekend there’s going to be powder snow and nice weather, but don’t be fooled that the hazard is anything less than very serious.”

More information on backcountry conditions can be found at the CAIC website, www.avalanche.state.co.us or by calling 303-499-9650.

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Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Want the best snow reports for this winter season: Become a member of CAIC, the reports are free, but it’s cheap to find out where the real powder, not what some resort says! Join and maybe save your life.

Starting this season, we will no longer require a donation to receive forecasts via email. From now on you can get all of our mountain weather and avalanche products on the web, phone line via Twitter, or email for free. We have wanted to make this change for quite some time. It is a financial gamble for us, but we feel it is the right thing to do. Avalanche safety information should be free and readily available to everyone that needs it.

This change, and all the new features for the 2011-2012 season will move to our live website next week. This is later than we would like, but testing the features has taken longer than we expect. As a result, many of you received a renewal notice this week. I am sorry that this message went out and for the confusion it caused. We have extended everyone’s subscriptions, so you will keep getting the emails you were signed up for last season. By Thanksgiving everyone will be able to sign up for a free account so they can send us observations and get forecasts via email.

We still need your financial support. Although our funding appears to be stable, these are hard times for everyone and no one knows the future of any government program. Backcountry use in our state increases every year and we are constantly trying to provide a better service. Please support the Friends of the CAIC through one of their events, make a donation through their website or donate directly to the CAIC through the Geological Survey’s website. You can always send comments, suggestions and donations to:

CAIC
325 Broadway WS1
Boulder, CO 80305
caic@qwestoffice.net

Thank you for all of your support in the past and I hope the services we provide continue to deserve your support now and in the future.

Ethan Greene
Director, CAIC

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