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Backcountry ski guide to share insights in Aspen

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What: Powder to the People fundraiser

Who: Backcountry guide Dean Cummings will give a presentation

When: Tonight, 6 p.m.

Where: Rio Grande Room

Cost: $20 donation suggested

The backcountry advocacy group Powder to the People will present its second event of the season tonight when legendary big-mountain skier and backcountry guide Dean Cummings discusses smart backcountry travel.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Rio Grande Room between the Pitkin County Library and Pitkin County Jail in Aspen. The event is a fundraiser for Powder to the People’s backcountry-awareness program. Donations will be accepted at the door. The suggested donation is $20.

Cummings is the owner, operator and head guide of H2O Guides, which operates in Alaska’s Chugach Range. He has spent 20 years guiding in avalanche-prone backcountry around Valdez, Alaska.

He is a leader in avalanche training. Cummings helped create the North America Outdoor Institute and crafted the “Be Snow Smart” program, which teaches practical, easy-to-implement, recreation-safety procedures to roughly 20,000 people annually.

Cummings developed protocols for remote-mountain operations and established the American Mechanized Ski Guide Training Program. He regularly works with the Snowbird Snow Safety Team, provides practical avalanche training to Snowbird Mountain Ski School and the guides at Alta, Utah, and he guides ski camps in Las Lenas, Argentina, and at Alta.

In addition to discussing how to stay safe, Cummings will share stories of some of his epic first descents, according to Powder to the People. There also will be a meet-and-greet gathering with Cummings at Taster’s Pizza following his talk.


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