Monday night’s presentation, “The Telluride Ski Area and the San Juan Mountains,” will include information from a number of local snow and backcountry experts, including Craig Sterbenz, snow and safety director for the Telluride Ski Area; Peter Inglis, from Telski’s Snow Safety Department; Scott Spielman, recreation manager and snow ranger for the U.S. Forest Service; and Josh Buston, executive director of the San Juan Field School.
Together, they will take a look at what makes the San Juan Snowpack so dangerous and how to be prepared to make excellent decisions when traveling in the backcountry. They will also examine the history of Telluride avalanche accidents in an effort to learn from the past mistakes. Sterbenz will discuss ski area boundary management and backcountry access from the Telluride Ski Area.
This event kicks off a whole winter of avalanche education courses, clinics and events. This year, the San Juan Field School has expanded its programs to include two three-day avalanche courses, one two-day avalanche course and one four-day avalanche course as well as a variety of free forums, beacon rescue clinics and other educational programs.
The Monday night forums are held at the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club located at the base of Lift 7 at 7 p.m. The programs are free, with registration for other courses and Search and Rescue Certificates available for purchase.
For more information, visit www.tellurideadventures.com or call 728-4101.