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December 14th + 16th: Know Before You Go Avalanche Awareness Presentation

Posted on December 01 2016

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Know Before You Go (KBYG) is a free, hour-long program developed by the Utah Avalanche Center aimed at making avalanche awareness accessible to the broader backcountry community. KBYG educators won’t go into technical sciences or take the abstinence approach and tell you just to “STAY OUT” of the backcountry. Instead, the KBYG team gives you a crash course on the raw destructive and awe-inspiring power of the mountains.  This is an opportunity to grow your backcountry community and lay the foundation to play in the mountains in a safe and informed manner. 

This year, KBYG released a new video that is directly available to the adventure community. This is a valuable watch whether you are a novice skier thinking about venturing beyond the ski area boundary or an avalanche guru. KBYG can be used as the first of many steps to understand avalanche danger and to spark conversation for those needing a quick refresher.  

You’ve seen it. This season's snowfall pattern has been wildly unpredictable, making it challenging to predict the future of this winter’s snowpack. Without the usual early season October snowfall, there is a chance that this season will present favorable conditions that Colorado has not experienced in a while. Nonetheless, the big storms have yet to come and very cold nights are in the forecast.

Our NBYG presenter, Rob Comey, is long-time ski guides and avalanche educator who has taught all over Colorado and Montana. Join us for our Vail event on December 14, 2016, or the Carbondale event on December 16, 2016, and allow the professionals to impart their vast knowledge in snowpack regimes. Both of these events will be held at the respective Cripple Creek Backcountry store-front location. What’s 1-hour out of your life, if it keeps you skiing pow another day?

KBYG 2016 Comey Dog

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