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Avalanche safety forums offered in Aspen area

Backcountry travelers who want to learn more about avalanche safety will have two opportunities in the Aspen area in the coming days.

Mountain Rescue Aspen will present an avalanche-awareness workshop Saturday and Sunday. Participants will learn about avalanche-hazard evaluation, snow pits, beacon searches, route selection, safe travel techniques, companion rescue and efficient shoveling.

The class is geared toward skiers, snowshoers, snowboarders and snowmobilers.

There will be a classroom session from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Regis Aspen Resort hotel. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m.

A field day at the top of Aspen Mountain will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Participants should wear backcountry travel gear and be prepared to be out all day. The session will wrap up with a session at the St. Regis at 3 p.m. Participants in the field day must attend the classroom session.

The cost is $30 and includes a ticket for one ride on the Silver Queen Gondola for Sunday’s session. For more information, visit http://www.mountainrescueaspen.org.

On Monday, backcountry-access advocacy group Powder to the People will hold a meeting featuring Blase Reardon, a forecaster with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Reardon, the forecaster for the Aspen zone, will provide an overview of the snowpack and avalanche activity.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Limelight Hotel. It is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted at the door to help offset the expenses.

For more information about the event, contact Mike Sladdin at 970-ERA-2SKI or info@powdertothe people.org.

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