Spring Events

April 6 – 6:30pm Khumbu Climbing Center Presentation/Fundraiser Powerhouse Science Center – $10

  • Guest speaker – Leo Lloyd from Durango Fire & Rescue
  • Drawing for prizes
  • Silent Auction
  • Giveaways
  • Proceeds benefit FOSJ Avalanche Forecasting Project

KCC Event Flyer

April 13-16 Silverton Splitfest  – $70

  • Backcountry Education Talks
  • https://venturesnowboards.com/products/silverton-splitfest?variant=38508142023

April 18 6:30 End of Season Debrief – Pine Needle  – FREE

  • Discuss lessons learned from this winter

 

 

Feburary – March 2017 Events!

Mon. Feb. 20  7:00pm
Telluride Mountain Club’s Winter Fundraising Film Night
Sheridan Opera House in Telluride
$10 at the door


Sat. Feb. 25 8:00am-4:30pm
Telluride Mountain Club Rescue Course
Information here
Limited space available!
$50 for general public
FREE for FOSJ Members**
**Members please contact fosj.info@gmail.com to register


Thur. March. 2  6:00-8:00pm
FOSJ Avalanche Awareness Class & Workshop Combo!
Pine Needle Mountaineering
6pm Awareness Class
7pm Workshop
Guest Speaker TBA


Sun. March 5
Purgatory Locals Benefit Day

Pine Needle Demo Day

Thur. April 6  6:00pm-8:00pm
FOSJ Spring Fundraiser
Khumbu Climbing Center presentation
Powerhouse Science Center
Special Guest:  Leo Lloyd from Durango Fire & Rescue
more details to come

January 2017 Events

Purgatory Locals Benefit Day:
Sun. Jan. 8
$45 Lift tickets!
$10 Demos from Pine Needle and other shops
Proceeds to benefit 4 local non-profits; FOSJ is one of them!

FOSJ Workshops:
Tue. Jan. 10 6:00pm at Pine Needle
Guest: Michael Ackerman with San Juan Mountain Guides
Topic: Backcountry Trip Planning Part 1–Teamwork and Communication

Thur. Jan. 12 6:00pm at Pine Needle
Guest: Jeff Dobronyi with San Juan Mountain Guides
Topic: Backcountry Trip Planning Part 2–Technology and Online Tools

More Workshops and Rescue Clinic re-schedule TBA–stay tuned!

FOSJ Member Meeting/Social:
Thur. Jan. 19. 6:00pm at Carvers back bar
Hear about FOSJ current & future initiatives
By invitation to current FOSJ Members; RSVP is required
Become a member to receive invite

On-Snow Sessions December 2016

We are pleased to announce open registration for our On-Snow Sessions!  Please read this entire message as it should answer most, if not all, of the questions you may have about the course before you register.

We will be offering two days for participants to choose from this year.

WHAT:  FOSJ On-Snow Session

WHEN*:  Saturday, December 3,  2015 from 10:00am-3:00pm AND                       Sunday, December 4, 2016  from 10:00am-3:00pm

*(Participants only need to attend ONE day of their choice)

WHERE:  Andrews Lake parking lot, just south of Molas Pass

COST:  FREE!

Course Description:

  • In a 5 hour field session, participants will be able to apply the basic concepts covered in our classroom session, including preparation & communication, terrain recognition & avoidance, smart travel protocol, basic snowpack understanding, and safety gear use.

Course Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of group dynamics, communication, and decision making
  • Identify avalanche terrain based on slope angle, including terrain traps and gullies
  • Understand the complexity of snowpack and layering
  • Learn basic smart travel protocol
  • Beacon, probe and shovel basics with practice
  • Witness a successful companion rescue demonstration
  • Understand what we don’t know

In the morning, you will be broken up into groups of no more than 7 students.   You will be led by one of FOSJ’s Lead Instructors, with an additional Assistant Instructor.  Our Instructors are there to make sure everyone in the group feels comfortable, is engaged & participating, and has a good time.  Your active participation and questions are welcomed!   Instructors have been trained on topics that will need to be covered throughout the day.   All Instructors have met strict requirements set forth by both FOSJ and the American Avalanche Association (AAA) for their experience and teaching ability.  For your safety our Instructors are also certified in Wilderness First Aid or higher.

Participants in FOSJ’s On-Snow Session must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have attended one of FOSJ’s Avalanche Awareness Classroom Presentations; or WILL be attending Nov. 29 or Dec. 1 Presentation
  • Have the minimum required safety equipment—beacon, probe, shovel, pack
  • Have sufficient uphill winter travel gear by one of the following methods:
    • AT/Tele setup with climbing skins
    • Split board setup with climbing skins
    • Backcountry Nordic/hybrid skis with metal edges and fish scales
    • Snowshoes

**Participants need to be comfortable travelling in variable backcountry conditions that may include ice, deep snow, and some uphill routes. Due to these constraints, we are unable to accommodate for boot packing, conventional Nordic/skate skis, toboggans, saucers, sleds or snowlerblades. Pine Needle rents AT set ups with skins included for $50, with FOSJ members receiving a 20% discount.

  • Be in moderate physical shape—although we will not be going on any extended tour or even that far from the parking area, throughout the day you will be exerting energy performing beacon drills, practicing with your probe, and shoveling.
  • Register online:
  • There are a limited number of spots available, and it is on a first come first served basis. Please register only if you are 100% committed.   Registered participants will receive a follow up email confirming registration with additional information.   
  • Liability Waiver form must be completed, signed and dated and turned in on the day of the course.  Waiver can be found here:    FOSJ Waiver

We ask that you are totally geared up and ready to go no later than 10:00am.  Please come prepared to be outside for the entire day.  We ask that you bring your own supply of water, food, clothing, sunscreen, etc.  If you have a first aid kit, inclinometer, or any other cool avalanche tools or gadgets, please bring them!  We will debrief and wrap things up by 3:00pm.  Please carpool with your friends and colleagues as parking is limited.

We look forward to spending the day with you!

Special events Fall 2016

  • Sat. Dec. 3  Durango Premier of Shades of Winter’s “Between”

    • Where: Durango Arts Center
    • Time: Two showings;  5:00pm and 8:30pm
    • Drawings for prizes to benefit FOSJ
    • Buy tickets HERE
  • Weds. Dec. 7 CAIC Fundraiser

    • Where:  Powerhouse Science Center, Durango
    • Time:  6:00pm
    • TONS of silent auction items, drawings for prizes
    • Stay tuned for more details….
  • Sun. Dec. 11 Locals Benefit Day

    • Where:  Purgatory Ski Area
    • $45 lift tickets and $10 gear demos from Pine Needle
    • Proceeds to benefit FOSJ and 3 other local non-profits!
    • More info found HERE

Check out our 2016/17 Avalanche Class Schedule HERE

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Additional Courses added in February 2016

Greetings Friends,

We are excited to announce we have added additional avalanche courses in February!   Please visit our Avy Class Schedule page for updated course calendar.

Request a Know Before You Go (KBYG) Class 

Originally created for middle and high school students, KBYG can also be used for your employees, customers, volunteer groups, social clubs, scout troops, snow sports teams, or as a community presentation. Any and all ages and groups are welcome to utilize this free education program thanks to the Friends of CAIC.

Please contact us at fosj.info@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting a class.

FOSJ On-Snow Session December 5, 2015

We are pleased to announce open registration for our On-Snow Session!  Please read this entire message as it should answer most, if not all, of the questions you may have about the course before you     register.  There will only be the one date offered for this year’s course.

WHAT:  FOSJ On-Snow Session

WHEN:  Saturday, December 5,  2015 from 10:00am-3:00pm

WHERE:  Andrews Lake parking lot, just south of Molas Pass

COST:  FREE!

Course Description:

  • In a 5 hour field session, participants will be able to apply the basic concepts covered in our classroom session, including preparation & communication, terrain recognition & avoidance, smart travel protocol, basic snowpack understanding, and safety gear use.

Course Outcomes:

  • Witness a successful companion rescue demonstration
  • Understand the importance of group dynamics, communication, and decision making
  • Identify avalanche terrain based on slope angle, including terrain traps and gullies
  • Understand the complexity of snowpack and layering
  • Learn basic smart travel protocol
  • Beacon, probe and shovel basics with practice
  • Understand what we don’t know

In the morning, you will be broken up into groups of no more than 7 students.   You will be led by one of FOSJ’s Lead Instructors, with an additional Assistant Instructor.  These Instructors, or ‘Facilitators’ as we like to call them, are there to make sure everyone in the group feels comfortable, is engaged & participating, and has a good time.  Instructors have been trained on topics that will need to be covered throughout the day.  Your active participation and questions are welcomed!  All Instructors have met strict requirements set forth by both FOSJ and the American Avalanche Association (AAA) for their experience and teaching ability.

Participants in FOSJ’s On-Snow Session must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have attended one of FOSJ’s Avalanche Awareness Classroom Sessions, including Pagosa classes
  • Have the minimum required safety equipment—beacon, probe, shovel, pack
  • Have sufficient uphill winter travel gear by one of the following methods:
    • AT/Tele setup with climbing skins
    • Split board setup with climbing skins
    • Backcountry Nordic/hybrid skis with metal edges and fish scales
    • Snowshoes

**Participants need to be comfortable travelling in variable backcountry conditions that may include ice, deep snow, and some uphill routes. Due to these constraints, we are unable to accommodate for boot packing, conventional Nordic/skate skis, toboggans, saucers, sleds or snowlerblades. Pine Needle rents AT set ups with skins included for $50, with FOSJ members receiving a 20% discount.

  • Be in moderate physical shape—although we will not be going on any extended tour or even that far from the parking area, throughout the day you will be exerting energy performing beacon drills, practicing with your probe, and shoveling.
  • Register online HERE
  • There are a limited number of spots available, and it is on a first come first served basis. Please register only if you are 100% committed.
  • Liability Waiver form must be completed, signed and dated and turned in on the day of the course.  Waiver can be found here:    FOSJ Waiver

We ask that you are totally geared up and ready to go no later than 10:00am.  Please come prepared to be outside for the entire day.  We ask that you bring your own supply of water, food, clothing, sunscreen, etc.  If you have a first aid kit, inclinometer, or any other cool avalanche tools or gadgets, please bring them!  We will debrief and wrap things up by 3:00pm.  Please carpool with your friends and colleagues as parking is limited.

We look forward to spending the day with you!

Special Events 2015-16

Special Events and Fundraisers

  • Wed. Dec. 9 CAIC Fundraiser and Scholarship Awards, Powerhouse Science Center
    • Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm; with raffle and silent auction
    • Why: Fundraiser for the CAIC; Celebrating the Joe Philpott/Peter Carver Avalanche Scholarship
    • Admission is free, but bring your wallet/checkbook!

 

 

 

 

FOSJ/SAS Rescue Workshop and Clinic 2015

In partnership with the Silverton Avalanche School (SAS), FOSJ is excited to announce a special two-part avalanche workshop and rescue clinic with Swiss avalanche guru Manuel Genswein. Genswein is a well-respected and highly accomplished leader in the avalanche safety industry. He teaches avalanche rescue courses worldwide, mainly to organized rescue groups, military, and ski patrols. This special course has been created specifically for FOSJ—with the recreational backcountry enthusiast, aspiring avalanche educators, and aspiring professionals in mind. This truly is a unique opportunity to learn from a legend!

Fri. March 27:

FOSJ Avalanche Workshop

6-8pm Powerhouse Science Center

1333 Camino Del Rio Durango, CO 81301

In this casual workshop presentation, Manuel will cover avalanche rescue fundamentals for the winter backcountry traveler, and also act as a precursor to the Saturday field clinic. This workshop is open to the public and FREE of charge, no registration required. Raffle prizes, snacks and beverages will be available to help support FOSJ’s avalanche awareness courses.

Sat. March 28:

FOSJ/SAS Rescue Clinic

9am-4pm San Juan Mountains

near Silverton, Colorado

This all-day field clinic will give participants an opportunity to learn from Genswein himself along with a team of avalanche rescue professionals. Participants will be able to get a complete understanding of avalanche rescue protocol, get professional training, and lots of practice! This clinic is only offered to individuals who have previous avalanche field course experience, including but not limited to:

  • FOSJ On-Snow Session
  • Friends of Berthoud Pass (FOBP) On-Snow Session
  • Hesperus Ski Patrol Avalanche course
  • Any Level 1 Avalanche course

This clinic is FREE of charge; however advance registration is required with limited availability. You can register for the course here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fosjsas-rescue-clinic-tickets-15094164051

Successful registrations will receive a confirmation email with detailed information on course location, logistics, and FAQ.  Mark your calendars, get registered, and we’ll look forward to seeing you!

 

Providing avalanche awareness and education in Southwest Colorado