Thanks to generous donations from our sponsors, members and supporters, FOBP embarks on it’s Tenth Year of free avalanche awareness classes for the 2013-2014 season.

Classroom Sessions:

  • We provide backcountry travelers with an overview of avalanche awareness, avoidance, forecasting and rescue.
  • Topics such as route selection, hazard minimization, best practices, preparedness and terrain analysis are covered in a 2-hour presentation.
  • No registration is required. The classes begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and are open to the public and FREE of charge.
  • Donations are gratefully accepted and benefit our 501(c)3 non-profit grassroots avalanche education program.

The classroom calendar is below. MORE DATES ARE BEING ADDED, SO CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES.  Also, you can check our online calendar for latest details.

Thursday, Nov 14 – 6 p.m.  Bent Gate Mountaineering, Golden

Monday, Dec 2 – Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado: Denver, Hensel Phelps West Auditorium in the Research 1 North Building

Thursday, Dec 12 – 6 p.m. Bent Gate Mountaineering, Golden

Tuesday, Dec 17 – Wilderness Exchange Unlimited, Denver

Wednesday Dec 18 – Oriental Theater, Denver

Thursday  Jan 09 – 6 p.mBent Gate Mountaineering, Golden

Monday, Jan 13 – Oriental Theater, Denver

Tuesday, Jan 21 – Wilderness Exchange Unlimited, 8:00PM Denver 

Tuesday, Feb 4 – Eddie Bauer – Park Meadows mall

Monday Feb. 24th – University of Colorado at Boulder – Humanities 150,  7pm start time

Tuesday March 11th – Upslope Brewing Tap Room – 1898 S. Flatiron Court in Boulder. (55th and Central area) 7pm start time


On-snow sessions:

  • Reinforce and bring to life the fundamental concepts and vocabulary introduced in the classroom.
  • Under the guidance of veteran backcountry skiers, learn to recognize and avoid avalanche terrain.
  • View companion rescue demonstrations and learn to deploy rescue gear.
  • Our volunteer Field Team all have Wilderness First Aid training and have completed Level 2 avalanche courses. Our senior instructors have higher levels of professional certification.
  • Registration for the on-snow will open at the end of January and is limited to 75 people per day. FOBP members will receive email notification.
  • Participants are required to: attend at least one classroom session; bring a signed liability waiver; carry avalanche transceiver, shovel and collapsible probe; have skis or snowboard AND skins or snowshoes for uphill travel. Bootpacking is not appropriate for this class.
  • Spend a full day outside. Bring appropriate clothing and sufficient food and water.
  • Meet at the Berthoud Pass summit parking area at 8:00 am. (plan to stay until 2:00 or 3:00 pm)

Saturday, Feb 8 – Berthoud Pass summit

Sunday, Feb 9 –  Berthoud Pass summit


2013-2014 FOBP Avalanche Awareness Courses – Ten Year Anniversary

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