Spend much time in the mountains, skiing or snowboarding? A lot of Seattle residents do. And a lot of those avid snowphiles may start getting a bit tired of waiting in long (and expensive) lift lines, being compelled to keep a constant eye out for out-of-control bombers, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with a bunch of other sweaty people for a less-than-appetizing Après-Ski snack. So these intrepid explorers may end up opting to go looking for some backcountry options, those that present pristine powder, no lines at the bathroom, and, oh yes - avalanche dangers. [Editor's note: make sure you've taken a First Aid and CPR course from CPR Seattle before heading out!]
CPR Seattle is presenting a free Avalanche Awareness seminar, presented by the Friends of the NW Weather and Avalanche Center (FOAC), on February 11th at 7:00pm. This seminar will run approximately 1.5 hours, with additional time for questions afterward. The focus of the of FOAC class is to increase avalanche awareness to those interested in all forms of wintertime mountain travel. This free interactive lecture touches on terrain selection, how to make the best use of the avy forecast, and a discussion of the latest equipment, along with how to use it.
This program is headed by Scott Schell, the Program Director for the Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center in Seattle, Washington. He is a certified AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide who has guided throughout the United States, Alaska, Canada, and Europe. He is a former AMGA ski discipline instructor and serves on the AMGA Board of Directors.
An avid ski mountaineer, Scott has been involved in avalanche and guiding education
for over 15 years. He is an Instructor and Instructor Trainer for AIARE and a member of
AIARE’s Education Committee. He is currently the Executive Director of the Certified Guides
Cooperative. Scott is the co-author of Backcountry Skiing, Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering (Mountaineers Press, 2007).
To enroll in the seminar (spaces are limited), please fill out the registration form at http://www.cprseattle.com/events/avalance-awareness-seminar. Our location is in the Wallingford neighborhood, at 4222 Stone Way North, 98103. Note that there will be no actual skiing taking place at this event.
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