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Old 10-04-2011, 08:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It's that time of year again and Friends of Berthoud Pass is has released the dates for their free avalanche awareness classes. Free, nada, zippo. Okay, there will be a cost for the resort dates but everything else is free. Donations are appreciated. Here is the info.

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Avalanche Awareness Training
Friends of Berthoud Pass is proud to continue offering our free avalanche
awareness classes for the 20011-‘12 season.
In an informal classroom setting we provide backcountry travelers with an overview
of avalanche awareness, avoidance, rescue and forecasting methods and skills.
Topics such as route selection, hazard minimization, best practices, preparedness
and terrain analysis will be covered in a 3-hour presentation.
The course is open to the public and FREE of charge. Donations are gratefully
accepted and benefit our grassroots avalanche education program.
The class runs from 7:00pm until approximately 10:00pm.
Oct 25 – Avy Class - Lindsey Auditorium, Sturm Hall, University of Denver
Nov 3 – Avy Class - Bent Gate Mountaineering, 1313 Washington Avenue, Golden
Nov 15 – Avy Class - The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
Nov 29 – Avy Class - Humanities Room 1B50, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dec 8 – Avy Class - Bent Gate Mountaineering, 1313 Washington Avenue, Golden
Dec 12 – Avy Class - The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
Dec 13 – Avy Class - The Pub, US Highway 40, Winter Park
Dec 17, 18 – Resort Course I, Mary Jane ski area
Jan 10 – Avy Class - The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
Jan 17 – Avy Class - East Grand Fire Station, US Highway 40, Winter Park/ Fraser
Jan 19 – Avy Class - Bent Gate Mountaineering, 1313 Washington Avenue, Golden
Feb 18,19 – On-Snow, Berthoud Pass
Mar 10, 11 – Resort Course II, Mary Jane ski area
See berthoudpass.org for a full calendar of classes and events, including member
clinics and a brand new resort-based course.



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Old 10-24-2011, 01:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Quick bump here. The first free basic avy awareness class is tomorrow night at the Lindsey Auditorium at the University of Denver. It's a great refresher for those who have taken avalanche classes and an awesome class for those who want to get into backcountry riding. It is also FREE!
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Do you need to register or sign up ahead of time?
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Nope! Just show up. The class runs about 3 hours as it is a real Basic Avy awareness class. It's not like those presentations where they try to get you to sign up for a paid course through their guide company.
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Nope! Just show up. The class runs about 3 hours as it is a real Basic Avy awareness class. It's not like those presentations where they try to get you to sign up for a paid course through their guide company.
Yeah, FOBP is definitely the best free course you're gonna find. I went to one at REI and it was basically just a 45 minute infomercial for Colorado Mountain School. The only possible good it did was potentially scare some idiots from dropping in at Loveland Pass. Which I guess shouldn't be discounted. No real info shared though.
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Nope! Just show up. The class runs about 3 hours as it is a real Basic Avy awareness class. It's not like those presentations where they try to get you to sign up for a paid course through their guide company.
Very cool, I'm thinking about attending the one at the Oriental Theatre. I just wanted to make sure so I wouldn't be the one doofus showing up who didn't sign up for it.
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I'll probably be at the one at the Oriental too. I always check out one class to make sure I know what is covered for when I am teaching the on snow day. Plus Justin is our new lead instructor this year and his style will be different than Bobski's. So if you want to try to meet up before had for food and beer at maybe Patrick Carrol's, I'd be down.
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Beer always sounds like a good time. We'll figure something out when it gets closer to the 15th.
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Yeah, FOBP is definitely the best free course you're gonna find. I went to one at REI and it was basically just a 45 minute infomercial for Colorado Mountain School. The only possible good it did was potentially scare some idiots from dropping in at Loveland Pass. Which I guess shouldn't be discounted. No real info shared though.

I was considering checking out some of those "courses" at REI-Denver, do you not think they're worth it?

There is a second session called "Avy Awareness - Beyond the Basics" or something like that, with CAIC running the show.

Is that one any good or should I just avoid those and go to the Friends of Berthoud ones?
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CAIC does great stuff. Their class is probably not going to be a free program that FOBP offers. Remember, not only is the FOBP classroom free but the on snow days are free too. I know CAIC is not going to offer that.
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