The Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) is hosting a free avalanche rescue and safety course in Park City tomorrow. The event is open and running anytime between 4-7 pm, admission is free, and it is taking place at Matt Knoop Memorial Park in the heart of Park City. In regards to the Community Avalanche Rescue Practice event, the UAC wrote:
“The Utah Avalanche Center will be down at the park hosting avalanche rescue practice scenarios. On-site, we will have a crew of avalanche professionals running transceiver practice scenarios and helping you with tricks and tips to help you hone in on your rescue skills and get you tuned up for the winter. This is also a great chance to ask some local pros questions about all things avalanches.”
Utah is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, in part thanks to its amazing skiing found at resorts and in the backcountry. With an increase of people moving to Utah naturally comes more skiers and snowboarders, and when there are more people riding it is absolutely crucial that they have the proper education on avalanche and backcountry safety, for themselves as well as others.
For anyone who is “a bit rusty with their rescue gear, looking to practice with their transceivers,” or just wants to learn more about the backcountry, this is the perfect event to attend. However, at the same time, the UAC is strongly emphasizing that this event does not act as a substitute for an avalanche course, rather it is a community gathering where individuals can expand their knowledge on backcountry safety and procedure.
“Can’t join us for this event? Come join us on the following dates:
As backcountry usage continues to grow and popular areas become more crowded, the sharing of avalanche information, close calls, and accidents will become more and more important for all of our safety.
What is your vision of the backcountry in 3, 5, 10 years?
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— UtahAvalancheCenter (@UACwasatch) August 7, 2020