"Hey, this is Al with Backcountry Institute. As a mountain instructor and motorized avalanche educator, we rely on our local Avalanche Center to give us bullseye information. To keep our clients and our students safe on the mountain. Support your local Avalanche Center."
Alan or ‘Big Al’ as his friends call him grew up in South Jordan, Utah and spent every day he could playing in the Canyons along the Wasatch Front. As an avid snowboarder and mountain biker, the Wasatch was his playground. After a stint overseas doing humanitarian work in the Balkans, Alan returned to Utah to attend school and start a family. Alan is an avid and enthusiastic backcountry snowmobiler and worked as a Snowmobile and Outdoor Adventure Guide for High Time Outdoor Adventures where he would spend 100+ days a year on a sled in the Utah Backcountry. Alan is a lifelong learner and builds on his backcountry knowledge each and...
This is Nate from ZBROZ Racing. Today I'm here with Paige and Toby from the Utah Avalanche Center. These are our local forecasters and we want to talk about why you want to support your local forecasters and really dive into the areas where you guys are riding, we get out there every day to collect the data on the snow to keep you informed as two conditions out there.
And we count on support from people like you who are out riding in the backcountry using our forecast, to maintain our program and get you the information that you need that can help save your life.
Not only am I an avalanche educator but like you I'm an avid user of the backcountry. Did you know that your local avalanche center is primarily funded on grants and donations from people like us. Please join myself, the Alpine Assassins and the rest of us backcountry users and supporting your local Avalanche Center by purchasing a T shirt in the link below. Look forward to seeing you guys all out on the mountain, Be safe out there have a great year.
This is Victor McNeil and I'm the executive director and lead forecaster for the Wallowa Avalanche Center, located in northeast Oregon. We serve a variety of user groups including backcountry skiers, split borders, snowmobilers snow shoers and cross country skiers. We are a small nonprofit avalanche center, and all of our funding comes from donations events and sponsorship. As a type two avalanche center, we put out two avalanche forecasts a week, those come out on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 7am. Along with our avalanche forecasting we provide a number of education opportunities in the region, including free avalanche awareness presentations, companion rescue clinics for skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers, and we're also offering some AIARE avalanche education courses. This winter we'll have a level one, level two and a motorized level one, which we're really excited about....
Aaron Carlson - Exec. Director, Friends of CAIC
I grew up in Minnesota, I started cross country skiing at age five snow was just a part of our lives. I learned very quickly that snow can be very dangerous and deadly. And so I wanted to learn as much as I could about how I can recreate in the snow and stay safe.
We threw the first CAIC benefit bash because we were backcountry users. We saw a hole in funding and we thought we could do something. And that launched me into this career of fundraising for avalanche safety.
The Friends of CAIC has been growing pretty substantially over the last decade. And what we're trying to do is build this organization that can financially support 10 backcountry forecasters throughout the state of Colorado. We're trying to bring our education program Know Before You Go to every eighth grader in the mountain...
So what does your local avalanche center do for you? Your local avalanche center is your boots on the snow connection to all things avalanche. Forecasters are out early in the morning and late at night, digging snow pits looking at snow structure. They're teaching avalanche classes, giving you a workable skill set so that you can safely navigate through dangerous avalanche terrain. Most importantly, they're helping us as a community, get home at the end of the day safely to our family.
As back country enthusiasts, avalanche forecasting is vital to a good day in the mountains. Here in Utah, the Utah Avalanche Center offers a daily forecast for eight different mountain regions, and it's free!
Help keep this good thing and show your support for your local avalanche Center by purchasing one of these shirts.
Hey the bottom line is, avalanches don't care that we're experts at our sport, whether we're skiers boarders, sledders hunters, hikers or scouting groups. One thing is for...