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First Avalanche Accident of the Season
On Saturday a skier was caught and injured in an avalanche near the town of Breckenridge. The skier's injuries and location required a search and rescue response and helicopter evacuation. This is the first serious avalanche accident of the season in Colorado and sober reminder that the avalanches are getting bigger and more dangerous. CAIC staff is visiting the site on Sunday and you can watch a short video of the site. We will publish a report later in the week.
Know Before You Go is a free avalanche awareness program. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, no formulas to memorize. In about an hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches. The program was created for middle and high school students and can be presented in a 50 minute school assembly or class period. Find out more about the program or request a class.