Know before you go: Avalanche awareness talk Dec. 5

Last winter, four people died in avalanches in the State of Utah, including one in Moab’s La Sal Mountains. Learning about avalanches is imperative for winter recreationists, including snowmobilers and backcountry skiers, according to avalanche forecaster Eric Trenbeath.

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Forest Service volunteer Dave Garcia stands next to the fracture of a massive natural avalanche that released on March 9, 2019. The slide measured 6’-12’ deep and was over 2000’ wide. Photo courtesy USFS Utah Avalanche Center

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Grand County Library, the U.S Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center will host a free avalanche awareness presentation featuring the award-winning short film “Know Before You Go.”

The one-hour presentation will instruct winter backcountry recreationists in the basics of avalanche safety, including how to recognize avalanche terrain, and how weather and snowpack contribute to avalanche danger. Basic rescue and necessary equipment will also be discussed.

A slide show and question-and-answer session will follow the film. For more information call the Moab Ranger District, Manti-La Sal National Forest at 435-259-7155) or email avalanche forecaster Trenbeath at [email protected].

For the latest snow, avalanche, mountain weather and road plowing information, visit the Utah Avalanche Center website at, call 435-259-7669 (SNOW), or follow utavy_moab on Instagram.