Free basic avalanche awareness presentation – Earl’s Lodge – January 21st – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Hosted by Snowbasin Ski Patrol)
If interested -
Field day – Snowbasin Ski Patrol – January 22nd - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topics include: Using the UAC forecasts, Snowbasin avalanche dog and avalanche control program, and observations of avalanche terrain in and around Snowbasin
For those with advanced riding skills, beacon, shovel and probe, field day topics will include partner rescue, side country tour involving hazard assessment, safe travel techniques, and snowpack observations. (Limited to the first 18 people)
Lift ticket or season pass is required for the field day. Field day terrain and observations will be weather dependent.
(4/1/10 – EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF NEW SNOW!) Snowbasin Ski Patrol will be doing a training scenario in Middle Bowl Cirque involving a large inbounds avalanche with numerous buried and or injured victims. This training will involve Ski Patrols and dog teams from ski areas all over the Wasatch and is scheduled to begin at about 10:00 AM. Anyone who is interested can observe. The Ski Patrol is also looking for willing public participants to help out. Participation is open to anyone that is interested. Being involved in this training should be a fun opportunity to experience what would happen in the case of a large inbounds avalanche. Participants will be directed and organized by Snowbasin Ski Patrol. Anyone interested in participating in this training should meet at the top of the Needles Gondola at 9:20 AM on Friday, April 2nd. If there are any questions or if you are interested in helping please call 801-620-1017.
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.