Avalanche Awareness Week begins December 2. The goal of this week is to save lives.


Last winter, the Utah Legislature passed H.B. 380 designating the first week of December each year as Avalanche Awareness Week. Join the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, Utah State Parks, Utah Department of Transporation, and Ski Utah to celebrate the First Annual Avalanche Awareness Week December 2-7. Utah is leading the country in avalanche awareness, and we hope other states will follow in the coming years.
Utah has had four in-state avalanche fatalities this winter with an additional Utahn killed in Idaho following two winters of zero avalanche fatalities. This bill was sponsored by Rep.Phil Lyman (R, San Juan County) after the Jan. 25 avalanche fatality on Laurel Peak in the La Sal Mountains, with support from the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, US Forest Service, UDOT, Utah State Parks, local search and rescue groups and avalanche safety gear manufacturers.
During Avalanche Awareness Week, Utah Avalanche Center and its partners will host events, classes, and other activities to promote avalanche awareness, education and safety. This week will help Utahns learn to both avoid avalanches and enjoy the Greatest Snow Earth. We want everyone to come home safely each day to their friends and family. Visit http://bit.ly./awareness-week for a full list of events and activities.
“The Utah Avalanche Center is very excited about the designation of Avalanche Awareness Week. This will allow all the groups who work in avalanche forecasting and education to come together for a week to provide educational opportunities to the public in an effort to ensure that everyone who travels in the backcountry comes home safely at the end of the day,” said Chad Brackelsberg, executive director
of the Nonprofit Utah Avalanche Center “We recognize the importance of designating an annual Avalanche Awareness Week. The Utah Avalanche Center forecasters and staff provide a critical role in informing and educating visitors statewide,” Dave Whittekiend, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest supervisor “Utah is home to The Greatest Snow on Earth as well as the best snow safety professionals in the nation. Avalanche Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to highlight their work and educate our communities on safe travel in avalanche terrain,” Tom Adams director of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation. "At the Utah Department of Transportation, our avalanche and snow fighter teams Keep Utah Moving safely when everyone is educated and Aware of Avalanches," said Carlos Braceras, executive director of Utah Department of Transportation.
For more information on avalanches in Utah, go to www.utahavalanchecenter.org .





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