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Powder to the People kicks off speaker series

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Local backcountry group Powder to the People will kick off its winter speaker series on Friday, Dec. 2, with a discussion of early season avalanche conditions and a talk by a heli-skiing guide and former Aspenite.

Brian McCall, local forecaster with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), will discuss the area snowpack – how it’s shaping up so far, current conditions and recent slide activity. He’ll also offer helpful hints for safe backcountry travel.

The guest speaker for the evening is Alaska Rendezvous Heli Guides owner, operator and lead guide Theo Meiners, who also guides and teaches at Jackson Hole, Wyo. A former Aspen resident, Meiners is a 30-year ski instructor, patrol trainer, coach and one of the foremost avalanche experts in the country, according to Powder to the People. He is an advisor to the National Ski Patrol and works with leading snow scientists to better understand avalanches.

Drawing on his experience and insight, Meiners will review the evolution of skiing in the backcountry, which has seen an explosion in popularity over the last few years, and share some of his knowledge of snowpack, avalanche dynamics and survival techniques. 

The meeting will take place in the Rio Grande Commons (the former Aspen Youth Center) from 6-7:30 p.m.

Powder to the People presents the winter backcountry discussion series in conjunction with CAIC as part of its efforts to promote avalanche awareness and backcountry safety. The next discussion is Jan. 13. The events are free, but support is appreciated.

A reminder: Powder to the People’s annual Pow Party takes place Friday, Dec. 9, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Aspen. Tickets are $20; the event offers appetizers, drinks, a silent auction and music.