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Avy intel offered just in time for Aspen spring backcountry skiing

Just in time for spring skiing in the backcountry, the Powder to the People advocacy group and Colorado Avalanche Information Center will host an awareness presentation Tuesday.

The discussion of avalanche conditions will be held at Performance Ski, 614 Durant St. in Aspen, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The winter has been memorable for the big storms in December and January and unseasonably warm temperatures for nearly all the season. "It's also been notable for the number of backcountry avalanche accidents and close calls," said a meeting notice by Powder to the People.

The presentation will feature Blase Reardon, CAIC forecaster for the Aspen zone, summarizing the season-to-date, providing an assessment of current snowpack and backcountry conditions, and detailing recent avalanche activity.

"The evening's special guest speak is Colter Hinchcliffe, a local pro skier who was involved in one of this season's incidents," Powder to the People said in its notice.

The event is free and open to the public, but donations to offset costs will be accepted at the door and on Paypal at donate@powdertothepeople.org.

Backcountry skiing enthusiast Mike Marolt said it's critical for backcountry travelers to be up to date on information. "It's a very odd snowpack this year and people need to pay attention," he said.