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Know Before You Go — AVALANCHE AWARENESS
January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
CAIC’s Know Before You Go – AVALANCHE AWARENESS
Join Pete Lardy, Founder and Guide, Pikes Peak Alpine School will be at the Chalet with a workshop about Avalanche Awareness.
Topics include observing weather, terrain and snowfall, and identifying hazards. This class is a perfect introduction for novices and also a great early season refresher for more experienced backcountry travelers.
Colorado Avalanche Information Center will be in the shop with the latest information and updates about the abundant avalanche activity this season and last. With such tremendous snowfall over the past weeks, what’s been happening and what’s to be expected?
To have fun, be smart and travel safely.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
COLORADO AVALANCHE INFORMATION CENTER (CAIC)
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) is a program within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Executive Director’s Office. The program is a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Transportation (CDOT), and the Friends of the CAIC (FoCAIC) a 501c3 group. The mission of the CAIC is to provide avalanche information, education and promote research for the protection of life, property and the enhancement of the state’s economy. These are the folks who produce the weather and backcountry avalanche forecasts. They teach avalanche classes to school kids, university students, and avalanche workers. The CAIC also works with CDOT to reduce the threat of avalanches to the State Transportation System.
Since 1950 avalanches have killed more people in Colorado than any other natural hazard, and in the United States, Colorado accounts for one-third of all avalanche deaths. The Colorado Avalanche Warning Center began issuing public avalanche forecasts in 1973 as part of a research program in the USDA-Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station. Â The program moved out of the federal government and into the Colorado state government, becoming part of the Department of Natural Resources in 1983. The CAIC joined the Colorado Department of Transportation’s highway safety program in 1993. The Friends of the CAIC (a 501c3 group) formed in 2007 to promote avalanche safety in Colorado and support the recreation program of the CAIC.
About half of the CAIC’s funding comes from an intergovernmental agreement with CDOT to provide training and forecasting for highway maintenance operations. As part of the Department of Natural Resources, a quarter of the Center’s funding come from the Severance Tax Fund. The remaining quarter of the funding comes from federal and local governments and the fund raising efforts of the Friends of the CAIC, and from donations from people like you.