9th Annual Beacon Bowl and Avalanche Awareness Day at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

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9th Annual Beacon Bowl and Avalanche Awareness Day

January 3, 2011 by  
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Aimed at backcountry skiers and riders, this is an event not to be missed. Entrants in the event will take part in timed trials to locate a buried beacon. There will also be clinics, avalanche gear on display, a live auction, silent auction, raffle and apres ski party. Proceeds will be donated to the Colorado […]

International Snow Science Workshop 2010

September 28, 2010 by  
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It is common knowledge that without snow, there would be no skiing resorts or breathtaking snowboarding opportunities for winter sport enthusiasts to enjoy. One other looming factor is the threat of avalanches, and the International Symposium of Snow Science and Avalanche Practice is held to explore the dangers and the theories in regard to these […]

Backcountry Seminar at Alta Lodge

November 14, 2007 by  
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The state of Utah in the U.S.A. is known for its diverse natural beauty with rugged deserts, well-watered river valleys and snowcapped mountains. The Alta Ski Area is situated in these snow-covered mountains. The world-class Alta Lodge is conveniently located at the base of the Alta Ski Area, a mere 32 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport. The Backcountry Skiing Seminar is to be held at Alta Lodge from the 5th to the 9th of December 2007 and again from the 2nd to the 6th of April 2008, and seminar participants have a lot to look forward to.

Avalanche Beacons

November 2, 2007 by  
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Avalanches are one of the biggest threats to everyone that takes on the snow-capped peaks, be it while snow skiing, snowboarding or hiking. No one wants to entertain the thought of being buried under meters of snow, so to be prepared for an avalanche, is the best defense. Carrying an avalanche beacon while on the slopes is vital for survival and for rescue. Technological advances have improved avalanche beacons and made them easier to use. It is a piece of equipment that could prove life-saving after an avalanche has dealt its potentially deadly blow.

Avalanches: The Snow Skier’s Greatest Fear

January 1, 2007 by  
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An avalanche is a slide of snow, mud, rock or occasionally a combination of all three that proceeds down the slope of a mountain under the force of gravity. Avalanches can flow at speeds of up to 60 mph and can carry immense volumes of material, in some cases weighing over 100,000 tons. Being caught in an avalanche is truly a skier’s worst nightmare, and unfortunately it is one that too often comes true. Most large ski resorts conduct aggressive avalanche prevention programs and procedures, and the alert is usually at its highest after large snowfalls and/or when weather conditions conspire to make the likelihood of avalanches more likely.

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