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Avalanche awareness and safety training is a must for anyone who engages in winter activities in the backcountry.

Every winter backcountry traveler Рskier, snowshoer, climber, and backpacker Рshould have basic knowledge of avalanche safety. The Denver Group and The Colorado Avalanche Information Center offer a basic avalanche course which will help you recognize when and where avalanche danger may exist and help you learn rescue techniques. Instructors from both the CMC and the CAIC will discuss topics such as snow pack evaluation, hazard analysis, safe travel techniques, transceiver use, and avalanche rescue.  For example, dangerous slopes are not always obvious: gentle, tree-covered slopes can be deadly avalanche areas.

The basic Avalanche Awareness School is offered twice a year. To receive CMC credit, you must attend two lectures and a field session. Students will have the choice of either Saturday or Sunday field sessions scheduled for the weekend following each class.


March 9 (lecture) at 6:30-9:00pm at the CMC in Golden

March 11(Lecture) at 6:30-9:00pm at the at the CMC in Golden

March 13 or 14 (Field Day, attend only 1) will be held at Jones Pass

Successful completion of the School requires attendance at both classroom lectures and 1 field day.

Tuition: $100 (all CMC members)

Further information can be obtained by contacting either:

Bill Kastner at 303-434-9594 or e-mail Bill

John Bickel at 303-670-3302 or e-mail John