The Snow Safety division at Snowbasin will host a “Know Before you Go” Avalanche Awareness class on Saturday, January 9th. The class will be held in Earl’s Lodge at Snowbasin, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the hour-long class, which will be presented by GR Fletcher and Frank Waikhart of Snowbasin, and Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Center.
As a follow-up to the class, Snowbasin Ski Patrol will lead a field day the following morning. Those that attend the class on Saturday are invited to meet at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 10th at bottom of Needles Gondola. Ski Patrol will guide a 2-hour practical session on the mountain, where they will talk about control work at Snowbasin and backcountry safe travel. Proper backcountry gear and safety will also be discussed. There is no charge for the mountain session with the purchase of a lift ticket.
Snowbasin is committed to the safety, education and enjoyment of its guests. “Our patrol is available as a resource to guests on our mountain,” said Frank Waikart, Snowbasin Ski Patrol. “This outreach effort is intended to enhance guests skiing experience. We will provide tools for skiers to explore their own boundaries safely through education.”
Reservations are not necessary. For more information on avalanche safety, visit: www.Avalanche.org. Snow conditions and mountain information are available on the Snow Report Line: 801.620.1100 or www.snowbasin.com.
Mark your calendar for the USASA/Intermountain Snowboard Series Halfpipe and Slopestyle events to be held at Snowbasin January 23-24, 2010. This is a great opportunity for local amateurs to compete in a quality event at Snowbasin. Watch for more details coming soon.
The Winter Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long winter action sports tour, announced that Snowbasin, a Sun Valley Resort, in Huntsville Utah, near Ogden Utah, will host the second of three stops Jan. 15-17, 2010 for the Tour’s second season. The Winter Dew Tour showcases top winter athletes from around the world competing in freeskiing (slopestyle and superpipe) and snowboarding (slopestyle and superpipe) for both men and women. Snowbasin, which hosted the Men’s and Women’s Downhill and Super-G events for the 2002 Winter Olympics, is a new host resort for the Winter Dew Tour, which had its inaugural season in 2008-09. ”Utah hosting the Winter Dew tour along with the Summer Dew tour continues to illustrate the growth Utah is experiencing in the action and adventure sports industry”, said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission, “Utah will receive significant benefit from this new event providing an anticipated $5 million in economic impact and $6 million in national and international media exposure.”
Jason Perry, Jeff Robbins-Utah Sports Commission, Rep. Brad Dee, Torah Bright - Winter Dew Tour Athlete, Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert, Chris Prybylo-Alliance of Action Sports, Kent Lyons – GM Snowbasin