Telluride Ski Resort Hosting Backcountry Weekend

Clinic offers avalanche education courses covering the snow safety gamut

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TELLURIDE, Colorado (January 17, 2014) – Telluride Ski Resort has long been known for its extreme terrain and backcountry access. This season, Telluride Ski Resort in conjunction with San Juan Outdoor Adventures/Telluride Adventures is hosting a backcountry weekend March 28-30, 4014. This backcountry weekend is intended to provide the proper education necessary to travel the backcountry terrain in and around Telluride.

To sign up to win an all-expenses-paid weekend in Telluride (travel costs not included) with the avalanche education paid included, enter to win on Telluride’s Facebook page.

To learn more and sign up for the event and courses, outside of the giveaway, check out the Telluride Backcountry Weekend page.

Backcountry skiing and riding has become extremely popular in the last few years. Telluride Ski Resort has noted an increase in skiers and riders accessing and utilizing the lift-accessed backcountry terrain off of the ski resort.

Telluride currently offers three backcountry access points on-mountain. With a growing number of people interested in the backcountry, it has become important for Telluride Ski Resort to promote safe travel and proper protocol. The inaugural backcountry weekend will offer AIARE L1 Avalanche Education Courses and daily Backcountry skiing and snowboarding tours/clinics. In addition, there will be an early evening forum on the human factor phenomenon present in many backcountry accidents along with stories from the backcountry.

AIARE L1 Avalanche Education Courses are introductory courses for students to learn the basics to evaluate avalanche conditions from top local instructors. Students are introduced to the avalanche phenomenon in both classroom and field sessions. In learning about the relationship that exists between mountain weather, snowpack stability and terrain features, students will gain a basic understanding of how to evaluate avalanche conditions.

Daily backcountry skiing and snowboarding tours/clinics will provide students with the opportunity to learn and be confident with backcountry travel equipment, finding, accessing and determining travel routes. Protocol and general avalanche awareness will be a theme throughout the day. Advanced groups will highlight more technical backcountry descents and travel. These tours will highlight adventure, seeking out backcountry steeps and deeps while practicing safe route-finding, travel protocols and avalanche hazard evaluation.

The San Juan’s are known as being one of the best locations to learn about avalanche education. It is the hope of Telluride Ski Resort that skiers and riders will use this opportunity to utilize the education of professionals to mitigate their own risk when traveling the backcountry.

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Telluride Ski Resort
Stashed among the highest concentration of 13,000 & 14,000 foot peaks in North America, Telluride offers some of the most spectacular skiing and riding on the planet. Unique culinary experiences on the mountain blend with the world-class restaurants, sophisticated shops, luxury hotels, and exquisite spas Telluride offers. Plus, getting here is easier than ever with non-stop flights from 8 major hubs, and getting around is a breeze with the free gondola transportation system. Discover why Telluride is The Most Beautiful Place You’ll Ever Ski.
For more information, please visit www.tellurideskiresort.com

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