’23-’24 TELLURIDE BACKCOUNTRY CHATS
The Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund is excited to host the seventh season of Backcountry Chats in Telluride. The Backcountry Chats are free public events aimed at bringing together the backcountry community once a month for an evening of educational programming. This season’s chats will be held at Wilkinson Public Library.
Join us to increase your avalanche awareness and backcountry education!
Thursday, December 14th, 6pm: “Welcome to Winter”
- Introducing the updated Telluride Radio Program channels
- Introducing our new CAIC forecaster, Jeff Davis
- Presentation on the State of the Snowpack and Winter Outlook
Thursday, January 11th, 6pm: “Communication in the Backcountry”
- Radios 101: how to use and program
- Radio Etiquette: how to communicate via radio in the backcountry
- Communication Styles: why “how we communicate” matters
Wednesday, February 7th, 6pm: “Close Calls Forum”
- Stories of close calls from our local backcountry community
- Lessons-learned from local avalanche incidents
Wednesday, March 6th, 6pm: “Telluride BC Ski History: The 1970’s”
- The first in a series of BC Chats focused on Telluride’s backcountry history
- Stories and pictures from the good ol’ days!
- Featuring several “local legends” who pioneered backcountry skiing in the ‘70s
PI FUND COMMUNITY EVENTS
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Thursday, December 7th, 2023 at 6pm
Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library
Know Before You Go (KBYG) is a free avalanche awareness program. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, and no formulas to memorize. In about an hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches.
LOCAL STOKE SKI MOVIE NIGHT
Friday, December 8th, 2023 at 5:30pm
Telluride Arts HQ on Main St.
A celebration of our local ski and snowboard talent! Join us for a free evening of short ski films that feature local Telluride athletes and filmmakers and get STOKED for the winter season to come. We’ll also be raffling off some sweet prizes to raise a little money for the PI Fund!
Thursday, March 14th, 2024 at 5:30pm
The Skidola is Telluride’s annual uphill challenge! The race begins at the bottom of the Oak Street Gondola and ascends 1800 vertical feet up the slopes of the ski resort to the top of Chair 7. The Pi Fund partners with the Telluride Foundation to put on this event, and all event proceeds are given to the Pi Fund to further its mission of increasing avalanche education and backcountry awareness. More details to come in 2024!
Saturday, March 16th, 2024
Hosted and organized by Jon Miller of Jagged Edge Mountain Gear, the Tellurando is Telluride’s annual ski-mo race, challenging racers from all over the West to test their mettle on a challenging course that traverses all across the ski resort. This race is LEGENDARY amongst the ski-mo community.
More details to come in 2024!
Past Recorded Events
A great backcountry awareness program to kick off your season is Know Before You Go (KBYG) from Friends of the CAIC. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, no formulas to memorize. In about an hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches. Watch for the first time or refresh your memory via this link: https://support.friendsofcaic.org/pages/know-before-you-go-online.
Monday, March 15
Virtually on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87190566715
Group Communication Tactics for Effective Decision-Making with Jayson Simons-Jones
Monday, March 1
Virtually on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86216302329
Building Expertise with Sarah Carpenter & The American Avalanche Institute
Sarah Carpenter is a co-owner of the American Avalanche Institute. She teaches avalanche courses to both recreationists and professionals and loves sharing her excitement about the winter environment with others. Sarah also works as a ski guide in the Tetons. She lives in Victor, ID with her husband, Don, in a house they built together (with a lot of help).
Monday, February 1
Virtually on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87008247965
Powder Fever and Longevity in the Backcountry with Bill, Fischer & Coop
The values of a process-oriented approach to skiing in avalanche terrain
We all know the feeling, standing on the top of untouched powder and already dreaming of the turns to come. That’s why we do it, we love to ski. It’s a way of life and it has lead all of us to this town in the middle of the San Juans. But how do we grapple with our inner desire to get the fresh tracks? How do we temper our decision making and focus on our process so that we can sustain skiing as a way of life for many years to come? In this chat, we highlight the values of a process-oriented approach to skiing in avalanche terrain.
Fischer Hazen was born and raised here in the San Juans. Skiing was his first passion in these mountains and is what keeps him here dreaming of winter. He spends his year working for Mountain Trip guiding big snowy mountains around the world, teaching avalanche education courses and backcountry skiing guiding!
Jonathan Cooper (“Coop”) has been searching out adventure and powder skiing all around the mountain west for just over a decade. He landed here in SW Colorado and has been on a journey to understand his own human foibles through the complex nature of the San Juan snowpack.
Monday, January 4
View the recorded video here: https://youtu.be/KyqbjXTLuiY
Risk Assessment & Treatment with Ryan Howe
Monday, December 7, 2020
View the recorded video here: https://youtu.be/ecwovlArRc4.
Welcome Back Winter + Getting Your Head in the Game
If you are headed into the backcountry this winter, join us for a little refresher on all the things you’ll want to think about this season. Joining us will be Matt Steen (Snow Safety Director at Telluride Helitrax), Jon Tuckman (Snow Safety Director at Telluride Ski Resort), and Mike Barney from the CAIC. We’ll be covering:
- Snowpack: current hazard, trends, and observations
- CAIC website, observations, and weather
- Ski area boundaries and what you need to know
- Backcountry gate etiquette
- Telluride Backcountry Radio Program