Baldy Mountain Ski Resort is offering avalanche skills training to help skiers, snowshoers and others stay safe in the backcountry — and looking for enough participants to make the event happen.

The resort wants to host a two-day Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 program this weekend, helping those wanting to travel in the backcountry “acquire the fundamentals critical to safe backcountry travel.”

“We’re actually just confirming we have enough people right now,” said Andy Foster, the resort’s general manager. “We do it because we encourage people to be safe whenever they go out of bounds at any time.”

The event is presented by local snow professional Finbar O’Sullivan.

The weekend of training includes pre-trip planning, backcountry equipment, snowpack and avalanche hazard assessment, terrain selection and avalanche rescue skills.

It consists of of an indoor theory day and a backcountry field day.

The introductory course is designed for snowshoers, cross-country skiers, hikers, and ice climbers who want to develop the skills for safe travel in backcountry terrain where avalanche hazard exists.

The cost for the Jan. 5-6 course is $290.

Those wanting to register for the program can visit  Baldy Mountain’s website, email marketing@skibaldy.com or call Andrew at 250-498-4086.

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