January 18, 2008
SNOWBIRD, UTAH – Utah’s unparalleled avalanche education and awareness program continues this winter with the Fifth Annual Backcountry Awareness Week Feb. 4-10, 2008. The event features snow safety clinics, on-snow demonstrations, avalanche transceiver drills and an evening fund-raiser featuring New York Times bestselling author David Oliver Relin.
“Backcountry Awareness Week is a positive annual event that showcases Utah’s leadership in preventing injuries in our country's magnificent wilderness,” said event founder Roger Kehr. “The courses offered are important educational opportunities for anyone recreating outside resort boundaries to protect both themselves and their friends.”
David Oliver Relin, author of the runaway New York Times bestseller “Three Cups of Tea,” is the keynote speaker at the fund-raising evening Friday, Feb. 8. Relin will present his experiences writing and reporting the book, show slides from his travels to the Karakoram Himalaya and discuss the work of Greg Mortenson with the Central Asia Institute and the current crisis in Pakistan.
In addition to Relin’s presentation, the fund-raising evening includes dinner, drinks, a book signing and a silent auction. The benefit dinner will take place in the Cliff Lodge Ballroom from 5:30-9 p.m. A ticket to the event is $75 and tables of eight are available for $700. Exclusive front-row seating is available for $250 per ticket and $1,600 per table. For reservations call (801) 933-2147.
Three Backcountry Awareness Week clinics will be held at Snowbird Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10. A snow safety clinic with Exum Utah’s Tyson Bradley will be offered from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and will include an all-day Tram ticket and lunch for $59. From 1-3 p.m. Saturday Eric Murakami of Backcountry Access will lead a free advanced beacon course. Wasatch Backcountry Rescue President Dean Cardinale will conduct a hasty search clinic from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, that will include an all-day Tram ticket and lunch for $59.
For further information, visit www.snowbirdrc.org. To register for Backcountry Awareness Week clinics or the evening fund-raiser, contact Snowbird’s Activity Center at (801) 933-2147.
The Fifth Annual Backcountry Awareness Week is presented by the Snowbird Renaissance Center, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Black Diamond, Exum Utah, Wasatch Backcountry Rescue and the King’s English Bookshop.
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