Backcountry awareness talk set for Thursday in Aspen |

Backcountry awareness talk set for Thursday in Aspen

Staff report

The final gathering of the season by a backcountry skiing and snowboarding advocacy group will feature a presentation on the snowpack conditions for spring skiing.

Powder to the People’s backcountry-awareness program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen.

Blase Reardon, the forecaster for the Aspen area for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, will give an overview of the spring snowpack and avalanche activity. Most backcountry lines have been off-limits for most of the season, Powder to the People said, but avalanche conditions have been rated “moderate” for most of the time lately. Is the time ripe yet for heading into the backcountry?

The special guest at the meeting will be David Swersky, a 34-year volunteer with Mountain Rescue Aspen. He will share insights, observations and lessons learned from many rescue missions and adventures. Swersky will show avalanche photos from his personal collection and evaluate certain missions, according to Powder to the People.

“Swersky will also home in on the common threads he’s seen in backcountry travel behavior and will answer questions about anything Mountain Rescue-related,” a statement from the organization said.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations to offset costs will be accepted at the door.

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