Archive for January, 2018

AVALANCHE TRAINING

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

 

AVALANCHE EDUCATION

 

INTRODUCTION TO AVALANCHES

WHEN: JANUARY 26TH (CLASS ROOM/SAR BARN) 7:00-9:00 PM

JANUARY 27TH FIELD DAY KEELER WARMING HUT FROM 7:00 AM – 4:00  P.M.

WHERE: LIBBY, MT. DAVID THOMPSON SAR BARN (301 CITY SERVICE ROAD)

COST: Free

WHAT: LEARN TO RECOGNIZE AND AVOID OBVIOUS AVALANCHE HAZARDS, UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE CURRENT AVALANCHE ADVISORY, RECOGNIZE AVALANCHE TERRAIN AND UNDERSTAND SAFE MOTORIZED TRAVEL PROTOCOLS, UNDERSTAND HOW LAYERED SNOW CONTRIBUTES TO AVALANCHING, UNDERSTAND BASIC COMPANION RESCUE.

WHO: ANYONE WHO FINDS THEMSELVES VENTURING INTO AVALANCHE TERRAIN FOR WORK OR PLAY.  THIS CLASS WILL BE AIMED PRIMARILY AT THE MOTORIZED USERS BUT ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. CLASS WILL BE TAUGHT BY TERRY CROOKS (DTSAR MT. UNIT LEADER), JON JERESEK (FORMER KNF AVALANCHE SPECIALIST) AND BEN BERNALL (KNF AVALANCHE SPECIALIST).  FOR INFO CONTACT DTSAR MT. UNIT LEADER TERRY CROOKS AT(406)293-1618.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO AVALANCHES FOR SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS

WHEN:   FEBRUARY 9TH AT 6-9 P.M. (CLASS ROOM)

FEBRUARY 10TH AT 7 A.M. (Libby Creek)

WHERE:  THREE RIVERS RANGER DISTRICT CONFERENCE ROOM (CLASS ROOM)

LIBBY CREEK (FIELD DAY)

COST: $75

WHAT:  LEARN TO RECOGNIZE AND AVOID OBVIOUS AVALANCHE HAZARDS, UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE CURRENT AVALANCHE ADVISORY, RECOGNIZE AVALANCHE TERRAIN AND UNDERSTAND SAFE MOTORIZED TRAVEL PROTOCOLS, UNDERSTAND HOW LAYERED SNOW CONTRIBUTES TO AVALANCHING, UNDERSTAND BASIC COMPANION RESCUE.

WHO:  ANYONE WHO FINDS THEMSELVES VENTURING INTO AVALANCHE TERRAIN FOR WORK OR PLAY USING NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION. THIS CLASS WILL BE FOR NON-MOTORIZED USERS (SKIERS/SNOWBOARDERS/CLIMBERS). THIS COURSE REQUIRES THAT YOU HAVE THE GEAR TO TRAVEL IN MOUNTAINS (SKIS-SKINS OR SPLITBOARD) AND ENOUGH FITNESS TO BE ON THE MOVE IN THE MOUNTAINS FOR UP TO 3-4 HOURS.  IT IS ALSO NECCESARRY TO HAVE YOUR OWN AVALANCHE BEACON, PROBE AND SHOVEL AS WE WILL BE PRACTICING WITH THESE TOOLS.  IF YOU ARE MISSING SOME OF THE GEAR I MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE SOME THINGS.  CLASS WILL BE TAUGHT BY BEN BERNALL (KNF AVALANCHE SPECIALIST).  CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 7 ATTENDEES. TO REGISTER CONTACT BEN BERNALL AT bbernall@fs.fed.us or call 295-4693.

For questions contact Ben Bernall at the Three Rivers Ranger District (406)295-4693

 

This years 2018 Avalanche Training will occur at the Keeler Shelter on the 27th of January,

with the classroom session scheduled for the 26th at the DSTAR barn in Libby.

 

Next Scheduled Meeting

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Our next scheduled meeting, February 7th,  will be a dinner meeting at the Silver Spur in Troy at 6 pm. A short meeting then dinner and member interaction. The groomer building electrical is finished, only the approach is left.  We look forward to your presence at this  meeting. An agenda with more information following soon.

Check the home page for the agenda & more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grooming Schedule 2017-18

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Our Grooming has started, we hope to have a second groomer for our Spread, Whitetail, & Pete groomed routes. This should improve the quality of these groomed routes.

KEELER:  was groomed on the 30th. of December,  January 11th, 

SPREAD CREEK: waiting for our second groomer, that should be here by the end of January

Whitetail is our new connecting route: 

PETE CREEK: 

The North/Beetle Creek route will no longer be groomed, but is still an open route connecting Spread & Pete Creek.

Before going into to the backcountry to ride and play check the conditions at

 http://www.idahopanhandleavalanche.org/

this is a change from last years avalanche forecasting.

 

The Bridge is back in place, allows access to Cheer & Spruce.