Avalanche Awareness Seminars
You hear a loud CRACK!
That's usually how it starts. Then you see it. A spider-web of
fracture lines shoot out around your skis. And before you know it,
the cracks intersect one another and everything starts to move, a
massive icy checkerboard of sliding blocks and churning snow.
...and if you're not extremely lucky, this very well could be
the last thing that you see...
On average, twenty-five people are
killed every winter in avalanches. There have been 890 fatalities
and 2700 reported accidents involving avalanches since 1950. And
approximately $31,000 worth of property is lost or destroyed by
avalanches in the United States every winter.
If you travel in the backcountry in
winter conditions, then the statistical probability of encountering
an avalanche jumps dramatically. Indeed, every single person who
spends time in the mountains in a winter context will encounter
avalanche terrain and avalanche conditions.
The only way to stack the odds in your favor is by obtaining
avalanche education, learning how to mitigate avalanche dangers,
and studying snow burial rescue techniques.
The American Alpine Institute
offers FREE Avalanche Awareness seminars throughout the winter
season. These short evening programs are designed to introduce
winter backcountry enthusiasts to avalanche terrain assessment,
winter snowpack analysis and rescue technique.The programs also
provide you a venue to talk frankly with our expert guides on how
to create a reasonable margin of safety when climbing, skiing, or
snowboarding on avalanche prone slopes.
While all of our Avalanche
Awareness seminars are free public service events, some of them do
raise money for charitable causes. Fundraising efforts are on a
donation basis and attendees are not required to give anything in
order to participate in the seminars.