The Hesperus Ski Patrol will present its 14th annual Avalanche Awareness and Avoidance Class next month.
The class, a Level 1 avalanche class, will include three sessions - Jan. 12, 14 and 16.
The Tuesday and Thursday sessions will go from 6 to 10:15 p.m. at the La Plata Electric Building, 45 Stewart Drive in
The Saturday class on Jan. 16 will be held at Hesperus Ski Area from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Instructors and Hesperus Ski Patrol members and members of the Dolores K-9 Search Dog Team will lead the class.
Cost is $5 per person.
The class is limited to 20 students. Advance registration is required.
Applications are available at local sporting goods stores, the San Juan Public Lands Office and Maria's Bookshop.
There is a required textbook, Snow Sense, which is available at Maria's.
The course will cover avalanche hazards, rescue procedures, rescue dogs in action, beacon searching, snowpack
analysis and use of snowpits.
Stability testing, terrain analysis, route selection, emergency survival and backcountry decision-making also will be
The course this year is dedicated to the memory of Kathy Fritch, a National Ski Patrol member for 42 years and the
founder and director of the Hesperus Avalanche Course from 1997 through 2008.
For more information, call 247-4617 or visit hesperusski patrol.org.