Sierra Avalanche Center fundraiser set for Nov. 21 |

Sierra Avalanche Center fundraiser set for Nov. 21

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Backcountry skiing is the fastest growing faction in winter sports. Along with the influx of backcountry enthusiasts, the sport is also seeing a dramatic increase in search and rescue missions.

Organizations like Sierra Avalanche Center are dedicated to bringing avalanche awareness and preparedness to all those entering into the beautiful but potentially hazardous backcountry.

Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop in Truckee is partnering with the nonprofit Sierra Avalanche Center for a fundraiser and information event from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the shop at 11368 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

Don Triplat, interim executive director of SAC, will talk about avalanche awareness and discuss backpack essentials for backcountry readiness should you be caught in a life-threatening situation.

Don will also demonstrate the use of Sierra Avalanche Center’s avalanche forecasting tool on its website.

The evening will start with a social hour, including beer and brats, while BCA, ABS and Black Diamond demonstrate hands-on avalanche airbag deployment techniques.

Granite Chief will sell raffle tickets for an Avalanche Airbag, snow shovels, snow probes, custom Amfit Orthotics, Granite Chief Ski Service Cards, and more.

Visit to learn more about the center, or to learn more about Granite Chief.