Snowmobiles donated to avalanche center |

Snowmobiles donated to avalanche center

Courtesy photo/Sierra SunSierra Avalanche Center forecaster Brandon Schwartz and Thin Air Motorsports sales manager Thor Schjelderup stand with the two brand-new Ski-Doo snowmobiles the dealership donated to the avalanche center.

Truckee-based avalanche forecasters who assess snow danger in an enormous and remote area from Sonora Pass to Yuba Pass now have two new valuable tools to help them complete their work.

A Truckee motor sports company Thin Air has donated two snowmobiles for use during this year’s avalanche forecasting season.

The donation marks another step in the growth of the not-for-profit Sierra Avalanche Center, which added a second avalanche forecaster last year.

The center, which is housed at Truckee’s U.S. Forest Service ranger station, relies on private donations and U.S. Forest Service funding for its finances.

Thin Air manager Thor Schjelderup said the increasing snowmobile activity in avalanche terrain was one of the reasons the company decided to help the avalanche center by donating the sleds.

“We want to help bring awareness to everyone riding and exploring the backcountry,” said Schjelderup. “With today’s high-powered sleds allowing riders to reach further and further into the backcountry it important that we all know the dangers and how to avoid them.

“The SAC advisory helps us do that,” said Schjelderup.

The avalanche center said that this is the first such partnership between a snowmobile dealership and an avalanche center in the nation.

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