Snowmass History: Avalanche safety, 1980
“Art of forecasting avalanches taught here by snow experts,” announced The Aspen Times in 1980. “Statistically, Colorado has more avalanche related deaths that any other state. … Many, if not all, of those deaths could have been prevented by a working knowledge of snow structure and avalanche release mechanisms as well as common sense application of basic safety principles.”
“The American Avalanche Institute based in Jackson, Wyoming, has for several years offered courses throughout the Rocky Mountains on avalanche forecasting and snow safety. … Over 30 people including ski personnel from Frisco, Alta and Aspen attended the four-day session.”
Snowmass Village retailers combined to generate $2.2 million in revenue in July, which translated to $247,891 in sales tax collections for the town’s general fund, according to the latest tax report available.