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Skinny Skis’ 21st Annual Avalanche Awareness Night

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020

Skinny Skis’ 21st Annual Avalanche Awareness Night will be held virtually on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30-8:45 PM MST.  With increased backcountry use anticipated this year, don’t miss this opportunity to sharpen your knowledge and understanding of traveling in the backcountry safely and responsibly.  We have a stellar line up of speakers with keynote Sarah Carpenter, co-owner of American Avalanche Institute, and instructor extraordinaire. Sarah will present “Building Expertise in the Backcountry.”

Location: Virtual livestream from the Center for the Arts
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM

Contact: Rebecca Reimers
Email: rebeccajhfriends@gmail.com

Mark your calendar for the kick-off event to the backcountry ski and snowboard season. The 20th Annual Avalanche Awareness Night is slated for Thursday, December 3from 6:30-8:45 p.m. and will be livestreamed from the Center for the Arts. With increased backcountry use anticipated this year, don't miss this opportunity to sharpen your knowledge and understanding of traveling in the backcountry safely and responsibly. “Avy Night” provides winter backcountry enthusiasts with valuable information on early season snow conditions, etiquette, equipment, safety and preparedness, wildlife closure areas, local avalanche education, and jhavalanche.org insights and improvements. A fundraiser for the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center (BTAC) and Teton County Search and Rescue (SAR), the event aims to be a conduit for avalanche education. An array of expert speakers are scheduled to cover the program portion of the evening, which begins at 6:30 PM MST. We have a stellar line up of presenters this year. Our first two speakers will focus on Teton Pass. Jay Pistono, Teton Pass Ambassador, will discuss “Teton Pass: With Access Comes Responsibility, ” and Gary Kofinas of Teton Backcountry Alliance will share “Thinking Long-Term: Teton Backcountry Challenges and Opportunities.” John Fitzgerald, WYDOT Avalanche Forecaster will give an overview of their avalanche mitigation program, which includes some exciting additions. Chris McCollister of the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center and Don Carpenter of American Avalanche Institute (AAI) will review the early season snowpack. Stephanie Thomas of Teton County Search and Rescue (SAR) will present “Back to Basics: Kindergarten lessons that May Save a Life,” and Cody Lockhart, also of SAR will give tips on how to be found in the event of a rescue. Julie Heemsta will explain “How to Find the Best Best on TetonAT. Our Keynote Speaker Sarah Carpenter, AAI co-owner and avalanche educator will present “Building Expertise in the Backcountry” with an emphasis on sharpening your skills through online resources and education. Registration is now open with a suggested $5 donation to benefit SAR. The raffle and silent auction benefiting BTAC are not to be missed. The raffle grand prize is a JHMR Grand Bypass, which is no longer available for purchase. Other prizes include a BCA Float 32 Avalanche Airbag and a Weston Backwoods Snowboard. Raffle tickets can be purchased until December 3rd at 8:30 PM. The silent auction is also open with dozens of items that will make perfect Christmas gifts for friends and family. All bids will start at half of retail. Please visit https://jhavalanchefoundation.org/avy-night for registration, raffle, and auction links.

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