Raising Funds for Critical Avalanche Warnings and Education
Celebrating the onset of winter, first snowfalls and the opening of Utah's ski resorts, executive chef Nathan Powers of Bambara, a Kimpton restaurant, has created "Snowstorm" specials to benefit the Utah Avalanche Center. From Monday, November 1 through Friday, November 12, a dollar from each “Snowstorm” special will be donated to the center.
The daily three-course special includes a choice of salad or cup of the daily soup, one of three entree selections, and one of Chef Powers’ special house-made warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie packaged to go or eat in and costs only $13. Entree selections include the house-ground 9 oz. burger with bread and butter pickles, slowly grilled onions, horseradish crème frâiche and cheddar cheese; a smoked turkey wrap with smoky bacon, dill havarti cheese, sundried cranberry jam, herbed potato chips; or Powers' daily special.
"I love Utah for the unsurpassed mountain recreation,” said Powers. “The Utah Avalanche Center provides critical avalanche and mountain weather information to help people make life-and-death decisions in the backcountry. Their goal has been to keep people on top of the Greatest Snow on Earth® instead of being buried beneath it."
Part of Utah Avalanche Center's mission is to help educate the public. Their "Know Before You Go" avalanche education programs are focused on basic avalanche education for junior high through college age students in Utah. Just like students in Hawaii learn about the dangers of rip tides and shore breaks at an early age, students in Utah need to learn about avalanches. The rising numbers of young avalanche victims have demonstrated an obvious need for basic avalanche education.
The Utah Avalanche Center is funded partly by local and federal government sources and partly by donations from businesses, foundations, and individuals. They are located at 2242 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116. (801) 524-5304, Advisory Hotline: (888) 999-4019, http://utahavalanchecenter.org