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Backcountry group begins winter series in Aspen

ASPEN – Powder to the People will kick off its winter series of backcountry awareness talks Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Aspen’s GrassRoots TV station at 110 E. Hallam St.

Brian McCall, local forecaster with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, will discuss current backcountry conditions, recent avalanche activity and how the area snowpack is shaping up, with an emphasis on snowpack conditions on Richmond Ridge on the back of Aspen Mountain.

His talk will be followed by a presentation on the public powder stashes to be found on Richmond Ridge. “Public Access 101” will cover the basics on getting there and back.

Powder to the People presents the winter backcountry discussion series in conjunction with the avalanche center as part of its educational efforts to promote avalanche awareness and backcountry safety.

Next up in the series, on Feb. 8, is a presentation by a special guest, backcountry ski guide Dean Cummings.

A reminder: The Duck Hollow Beacon Basin at Aspen Highlands is not yet open. It’s located on the flats at the bottom of Golden Horn and top of Thunder Bowl; lack of snow at the location has delayed its launch this season.

Powder to the People events are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted at the door and on PayPal at For more information, contact Mike Sladdin at 970-ERA-2SKI or