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Tahoe Mountain sports begins avalanche series

Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach will kick off a free, three-part avalanche education series this Wednesday with a refresher discussion on the basics of avalanche beacon use.

“As the first of a three-part Avalanche Education Series, join your fellow Tahoe backcountry enthusiasts for a community-oriented fun night at Tahoe Mountain Sports on November 20 and learn the basics of beacon use, or just brush up on your avalanche expertise and transceiver techniques,” according to a press release from the shop. “Experienced mountain guide and Level 3 AIARE instructor Tom Carter, and Ortovox Rep Jared Rodriguez, will be present to lead a discussion about the basics of companion rescue gear and techniques. Tom will also lead a hands-on lesson on how to properly and efficiently use your avalanche transceiver. Bring your own avalanche gear to practice with, demo some of the newest Ortovox models or just come with an appetite to learn, and you won’t be disappointed.”

Attendees should bring headlamps and dress appropriately for outdoor hands-on practice.

The series continues Dec. 20 with an avalanche airbag party sponsored by ABS and featuring pro skier Elyse Saugstad. The final part of the series takes place Feb. 5 with instruction on how to analyze avalanche reports with the Sierra Avalanche Center.

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