Learn how to stay safe in avalanche country Feb. 15-16

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Student Dustin Randall observes a weak layer in the snowpack while performing a stability analysis test. Photo courtesy of UAC Moab

The U.S. Forest Service in partnership with the non-profit Utah Avalanche Center Moab will be holding their annual Backcountry 101, Introduction to Avalanches course Feb. 15-16.

The course will instruct non-motorized winter backcountry users in the basics of snow and avalanche dynamics, including how to recognize avalanche terrain and signs of snow instability, how to travel safely in the backcountry and how to use personal avalanche rescue gear.

The course includes a four-hour classroom session on the evening of Feb. 15 and an eight-hour day in the field on Feb 16. Cost is $150.

Motorized courses are also available. For more information contact Eric by email at [email protected], or visit the Moab forecast on the Utah Avalanche Center website www.utahavalanchecenter.org.