Safety is snow laughing matter: Sugar Bowl Ski Resort offers AIARE Introduction to Avalanches course | SierraSun.com

Safety is snow laughing matter: Sugar Bowl Ski Resort offers AIARE Introduction to Avalanches course

Photo courtesy Tom SchnuggASI Guide Bill Seline

The new AIARE Introduction to Avalanches course is a one-day and#8220;hands-onand#8221; course to help you avoid being caught in an avalanche.

Itand#8217;s taught by the ASI Guide/Instructor Team at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and begins with familiarity on how to wear and carry avalanche safety equipment. A one-ride ticket to the summit takes you for a review of previous incidents that could easily have been avoided.

Students will learn about snowpack formation, how weather affects it, terrain and the avalanche phenomenon in general. On the ski back down to the training center, practice appropriate travel techniques to use with your partners while skiing or riding in or out-of-bounds.

After lunch, students will observe a demonstration of companion rescue technique and how important it is to be expedient. Back in the classroom at the ASI Backcountry Adventure Center, students will learn how to interpret the Backcountry Avalanche Advisory, review a case study an accident that occurred nearby, then recap the day to take away the greatest amount of useful information. This course is not intended to take the place of a full three-day AIARE Avalanche Level 1 program, but itand#8217;s a great start to help people get on the right track toward avalanche safety.

Courses are scheduled every Saturday at the ASI Backcountry Adventure Center at Sugar Bowl from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $139 and includes the lift ride and all avalanche safety gear. Use alpine skis, snowboard, telemark or alpine touring equipment. Pre-register online at http://www.alpineskills.com or call Tony at the ASI BAC office 426-7005.

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