Backcountry talk Thursday |

Backcountry talk Thursday

Staff report

Powder to the People presents a spring backcountry-awareness discussion Thursday 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the GrassRoots TV studio, featuring Blase Reardon of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and backcountry guide Anton Sponar.

Reardon will first give an overview of the current snowpack, backcountry conditions and recent avalanche activity, including tips for safe backcountry travel.

Sponar will give a slideshow and talk about his ambitious 2014 expedition to ski the “Alaska Family”: 20,237-foot Mount McKinley/Denali, 17,400-foot Mount Foraker and 14,573-foot Mount Hunter. He and his team members — fellow Aspen skiers Jordan White and Evan Pletcher, plus snowboarder Aaron Diamond from Jackson, Wyoming — were the first to ski the three peaks in one trip, and only the second to ever ski all three in any amount of time. The group climbed and skied 67,000 vertical feet in 31 days; legendary ski mountaineer Andrew McLean took 14 years to accomplish the feat.

The GrassRoots TV studio is located in the Red Brick building, 110 E. Hallam St. GrassRoots will also re-air the event and have it available on its website for on-demand viewing.

Presented by Powder to the People in conjunction with avalanche center, the backcountry awareness series is free and open to the public, but donations to offset costs will be accepted at the door and on Paypal at donate@powder For more information, contact Mike Sladdin at 970-ERA-2SKI or

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